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Rainforest Spirit Shield by ssantara Rainforest Spirit Shield by ssantara
16 x 20 painting in acrylic

Totem shield of a client's Spirit animals, real and mythical... Jaguar, Hyacinth Macaw, Quetzalcoatl/ feathered serpent, and a garland of rainforest butterflies... Had a great deal of fun though more then a wee bit time consuming painting this very detail intensive piece! It also gave me a whole lot of freedom to be as elaborate as possible with color and design... Call it busy? You betcha!

Prints available on my web site:
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Given 2013-04-18
The suggester said: the coloring of this painting is incredible. It's beautiful to look at it with all its vivid colors. Rainforest Spirit Shield by *ssantara ( Suggested by ArinantWolf and Featured by Astralseed )
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natureflow222 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Could I potentially use this image for a spiritual sort of board-game I'm trying to get off the ground? my email is natureflow222@gmail.com for any questions! 
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ssantara Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Please email me here: orders@dancingwolf.com
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RaynbowDragonfly Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the colors!
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Crimson-Wolf2323 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love the color and detail 
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zironeto Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is incredibly beautiful! I love your color choices, the composition, and your rendition of Quetzalcoatl! Great work! :)
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sweetcherryblossom1 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i love it :love:
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DreamsofToday Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student General Artist
All the details are awesome! I could look at this for hours and still be able to see something I never noticed before. Gorgeous work.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional
sweet job
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Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work :D
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Filly8 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
georgous!
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GoodGirl-BadGirl Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
This is incredible. This definitely deserved the DD. :wow:
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz: :iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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Crystal-Skull Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Artist
lovely composition.
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jfiore64 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
TOTALLY GORGEOUS!!
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Sparklet-Rayne Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally fits.
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Vonloke Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful work, amazing detail! congratulations on the DD!
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Sparklet-Rayne Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's the way to say it.
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JoJoBynxFwee Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cats, birds, bugs and rainbows. All my favorite things in one picture. Fantastic!
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PTGould Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow!! That's beautiful!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Brilliant use of colors! :heart: Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
So glad to see this DD, your paintings are awesome :w00t:
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Ramones-MLP Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
It's gorgeous!! A well deserved DD!
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ElizabethCute1998 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aa wooooow this is amazing!
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Congrats on you DD! You deserve it! And, it's about time!
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ChainsOfTsukuyomi Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Woow, it's so beautiful! I adore the colourfulness <333
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STEALTHYFART Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful!!
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Congratulations, Sandra!!! This is beautiful!
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ssantara Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Thanks sweety!
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
My pleasure! ^_^
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captureubuntu Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
красиво)
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mariamaximovna Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
How can I buy this amazing artwork?
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Terramoo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazing.
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tonygutierrez Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
esto esta mui vien q les parese
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SkyJaguar Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
I love it, except for the fact that you put wings on the Feathered Serpent. I am so sick and tired of seeing artists who thinks that the Feathered Serpent had wings. Has anyone looked at the authentic ancient depictions of it?
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ssantara Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Because it's MY depiction..... ;D
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SkyJaguar Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
As long as you did it knowingly, I guess...
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ssantara Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Did I miss something, is this your commission? Good grief! I didn't know I was painting this according to your specifications.... LOL!
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Goldenwolf Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL! Really. It annoys -me- when people quibble over a myth or legend. Did YOU see it with your own eyes? Then kwitcherbitchen about something that doesn't even exist XP
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Grace-Zed Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow so amazing!
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD. Amazing colors.
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ssantara Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Thank you!
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ArtsyLayne Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is so beautiful!
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DakotaDante Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
ILLUMINATI!!!
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Karinta Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! I am basking in the magnificence of this piece. I love the glow and symbolism throughout.
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tonivioletmikey Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
thats beautiful :D
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atram95 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Your draw is Magnificent!! Congratulation I love it!!
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DragonAstray Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
This reminds me so much of something very similar in Chinese culture. Four animals assigned to the cardinal directions (Dragon, Bird, White Tiger and Black tortoise) [link](Chinese_constellation)

Amazing work! Gratz on the DD!
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ssantara Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
That's a cool take on it! Thanks!
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Tianithen Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful vibrant art.
Also curious as to whether you or the client know that there is a really strong link to Aztec mythology here (Quetzalcoatl obviously ) but also Itzpapolotl is a goddess who takes the form of a butterfly (she represents the soul all life forms share) and the jaguar is a form chosen by many Aztec deities including Tezcatlipoca (who is a God of many things) and Tepeyollotl (who swallows the Sun every night). Can't think of anything to do with Macaws. Maybe you will say, yes I know this! But maybe you didn't so I thought I'd let you know. I love mythology :)
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ssantara Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Because it was basically a South American rainforest piece and the client wanted a Aztec/ Mayan approach, it just took that direction... Allot of my painting and creating is improvisational... I wanted to give it that cultural connection and this is how it evolved... I didn't plan on any particular deities or anything like that but with what you are pointing out, obviously, it was right on track! ;)
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