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Icelandic Sheep as Totem by Ravenari Icelandic Sheep as Totem by Ravenari

‘We have adapted to some of the harshest environments, and not only find enough nourishment to survive, but enough to thrive. We are so much more than what you think of, when you think of sheep, and sheep are always more than others know anyway. We are the leader who senses the unseen and the invisible, we are the flock that understands status, place, intelligence, and what to do with our lives. We know most couldn’t live the way we live, and turn it into gold. It’s a kind of alchemy isn’t it? For you to spin our wool into fibre and fabric and clothing. But we have a deeper alchemy. We are good allies to those who turn privation to nourishment, who seek to find glory in places others call barren. Let other animals only survive in their difficult places, you may come with us, and learn how to thrive instead.’

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Finding wisdom where others flee. Understanding difficulty. Making do. Turning hardship into gold. Efficiency. Sensing the invisible and unseen. Curiosity. Hardiness. Connecting with the Other while seeking kin. Conforming / non-conforming. Safety first. Seeking the like-minded. Trust. Being easily underestimated. Endurance. Alchemy. Making the most of poor environments. Recognising leadership. Knowing where you stand.

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Watercolour pencil / pencil / ink / metallic and iridescent acrylic -> Crescent cold-pressed illustration board ->  17 x 21 cm.

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:iconravenroseserpent:
Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
oh My little niece Lucy would love this as she loves sheep and that she born in the Year of the Sheep.
Love the golden yellow and black colours
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Ravenari Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! And that's so awesome about your niece being born in the Year of the Sheep :D
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FannyVecs Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017
Really cool drawing !
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconabsolutejackass:
absolutejackass Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
FLUFFEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
SO FLUFFY!
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:icondreamingofdarkhorses:
DreamingofDarkhorses Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww.. Beautiful! :heart:
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:icondreamingofdarkhorses:
DreamingofDarkhorses Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I always admire your work so much :heart:
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truilt Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
the Icelandic peoples eat sheep faces for lunch
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes! Svið! I mean I have some Icelandic friends who've never had it, and I think some of the younger generations growing up won't have had it and won't necessarily ever had it, but it's one of the things I'd like to try one day.
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truilt Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's a shame to hear it's going the way of the dodo. the longstanding tradition of eating sheep faces for lunch is what's given icelandians their nourishment and strength for generations. without it i fear they may not be able to weather the harsh icelandic climate
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I think it depends a lot on where you live as well. Those in inner city apartments, with access to a huge variety of foods / different standards of living to those who live more out in rural areas etc. just sometimes tend to eat differently naturally anyway. I've noticed it with other friends in different parts of the world. Sometimes cultural dishes fall by the wayside, not for everyone but for some.
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riverotter7 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Marvelous! Icelandic wool is my favourite to spin!
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Oooo that's so awesome!
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I love it,good job
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconravenheart1984:
RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
your welcome
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional General Artist
ACE :clap:
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional General Artist
:blowkiss:
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Ehaw09 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Ehaw09 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the swirls in the background really are a nice touch
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