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Olympia by Sleetwealth Olympia by Sleetwealth
Another ancient painting by me. never finished.

Done in 98. I was into brass anything, armillery spheres, orreys, sextants,automaton and the idea of artificial woman.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional
very impressive
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rosannasart Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Hi Nita!
Im so happy that you are showing us your paintings, and from 1998!!!!! How you do that at such an early age is beyond me. Truly are amazing, just like your sculptures.
I'm sorry that you haven't had many positive encouraging souls in your life but know that there are some of us that truly wish you much success and happiness in all that you do!!!
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7oran Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Great work.:)
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Rozetta Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
your paintings are so lovely. ive always wanted an orrery! but they're so expensive >.<
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Yovanka Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Artist
Nita.. I too have enjoyed looking at your (incredible) paintings so much.. that I started to wonder how on earth you decided to turn into sculpting!

Mind you, your sculpts are ABSOLUTELY amazing... but your paintings are just as awesome!

I went through many of your replies.. and my heart broke too while reading all this bullshit you had deal with every step of the way :(

I guess however, that this is the reason why your work has the impact that it has... cause there is genuine emotion and actual experience behind it... unlike most of us who need to rely on a sad song or a crappy romance movie to get some sort of inspiration when creating something dark or melancholic....


I guess what I am trying to say is that you NEVER fail to impress! Anything you tackle artistically stands head and shoulders over what most of us do... you exceed the expectations of your fans EVERY single time... you really do have the golden touch.. and a pair of VERY talented (...and beautiful) hands!

If you were a guy... I strongly believe that you would be A LOT more well known!


There a lot more painters out there than sculptors with the later doing mostly 3D abstract stuff.. and calling them sculpts. Some times I feel that if it weren't for modelers, action figures and dolls we would hardly see any "real" sculpting at all...... but thats my opinion anyway...



Ever thought of using photoshop to manipulate your paintings? I noticed somewhere that you mentioned how you wanted to add the feeling of movement on her head... I just can't help but think how some digital painting over your oil paintings would give you the chance to rework them and make them stand out even more. Due to your lack of time and resources this could be a solution.... You could even create some limited editions prints (and/or ACEOs) for sale..


I don't know.. I may be shooting my mouth here.. I guess what I am trying to say is that I ADORE your work and would love to see you producing more of it ;)



lots of love
Yovanka
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Dear sweet Yovanka! This was all a long time ago. Ive enjoyed 7 years as a professional sculptor and its been wonderful! I want other artist to see Im not a bigcat that got everything overnight. Im getting up after being knocked down again and again.
I think my life experiance makes my work strong. Ive gotten brave and ornery :) People here loving my art has made me stronger and heal too.

yes I want to use photoshop. I think digitally a simple motion blur would be easy. I dont have a tablet for painting. Only a mouse,but I can do some things. I dont know if I want to alter old paintings. I want to find my new voice.
Possibly could sell prints. Im just starting so be patient with me!:hug:
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Yovanka Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Artist
Thats all I needed to "hear" ;)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:) :hug:
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Ray-sketch Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
holy shit , this is FANTASTIC !
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EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
This is fantastic -I love it!:)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
hey you! thanks:D
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valerievargas Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm still so amazed that you don't use a reference for your entire picture. I need about 10 references to make a complete painting - nothing of which comes from my head.

I also love that there's a bit of the cliche 'tormented artist' apparent in your work. The cliche aspect isn't a bad thing at all! I just mean that there's a dark, disturbing aspect to your work & disturbed, insane artists are always the best ones... but also the one's that don't get much praise until after their dead. But nonetheless - they are the best.

This isn't to say that you are disturbed or insane - but rather this work simply implies it.

All in all - I love your work. I love your sculpture work, but being a painter, I can relate to your paintings more.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I did use reference for this. The mans arm, and the decoration on the gold box. Its still a very cartoon image with not much depth.

When I begin painting again Ill use more references. In fact I want to use photoshop to work out the composition and colors ahead of time.And stock images here. This is a resource I didnt have before.
My sculpts I dont need reference for. I adjust it till it looks the way I want. oil paint is forgiving ,but it helps if you have a map.
Oh yeah I am typical starving artist with depression and obsession with weird art.My moms a raving nutter,but my heads on straight.
Thank you:)
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StudioJsculpts Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow!!I love it!!It's great to see you getting back to painting,you do some really beutiful work!!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. It came back at the worst time when I am completely busy! But Im already preparing.
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StudioJsculpts Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Don't ya just hate that?
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It never rains but it pours! Its like the great deals that show up when your flat broke. When you have money they disappear!
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StudioJsculpts Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh so true!!
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ErnCer Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This I feel has an interesting array of ideas speaking in this painting. For me what stands out most is that she's an automaton, which would imply she's made by man or others like her, yet the hand coming from above seems more like one of a divine being instead of a human or something like it. It creates thoughts about what events occurred, what it would or could mean. The kind of world it must be.

Although it's unfinished, the simply composition makes it seem just right, although I wonder what it could've looked like had you decided to stick with it. A few things about Olympia that I enjoy and that's that she can only be seen as an artificial being through some subtle features. The turnkey in her back, the brass gears that show up under her collarbone, and finally her fingers that I think are my favorite part of her. Those are elegant and add mystique to her. What seems to be some kind of gyroscope (if that's what it is) gives off this feeling that there's something cosmic or otherworldly going on here, which is another nice touch. There seems to be a duality about everything here and you pull this off very well.

Though I wonder, what's the idea with what seems to be that kind of after image of her face? I could interpret it as something to do with a soul that she may have or earn, but I wonder what it means to you. All in all, this is very good work as well.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmmm this is a very intelligent break down of the imagery. Ive always been interested in creating artificial beings,robots, automatons,clones, designer babies ,H+etc.

In this case god is man.The arm echoes that old famous painting of God and Adam reaching out to each other. Its divine the desire to create. Why do we want to design images of human like beings? Usually they represent our ideals. We see our flaws we want to change them. Be stronger,smarter, better looking,live longer etc.We are merging with machine and we will more and more inevitably.

Olympia is the name of a mechanical ballet dancer a guy falls in love with.
The armillary sphere behind her echoes the way the universe is like a huge clockwork.And they are also just bad ass! ^-^
The after image of her face is motion blur,but I like your idea of it being a soul.
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ErnCer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm flattered you feel that way. Also, is that one of the reasons you sculpt? Because of your fascination with artificial beings?

I suppose we are. If we don't merge then we may simply augment our nature. Not far fetched if you ask me.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes.When I was a kid I made little friends.
We already augment in a dozen ways.We just arnt jacked in literally.
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ErnCer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Funny, I never made too many friends either. I stuck to a few people I knew and that was mostly it. You're right about augmentation, but I feel that we do it in subtle, even hesitant ways. I await the day when it becomes more direct. That should be fun in one way or another.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I usually only had one friend at a time,but we moved a lot.
Of course were hesitant,but there are too many people desperate,vain, egocentric and or curious enough to keep progress going.
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ErnCer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, but I don't entirely understand what you're trying to tell me because of the way this is worded.

Maybe I haven't moved as much as you, but it's something that definitely keeps one on their toes.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh I was saying that I had few friends. That part you probably got:) before I was 7 we lived in 5 different states.

Bio technologies are funded by various human needs. Plastic surgery by the vain. Boob jobs used to risk health with silicone directly injected into the tissue. Now they are safer saline because of the women willing to risk in the past. The same with facial surgery. it may often look plastic or bad now,but the people getting it are pioneers and some day it will be a refined science on that money invested. What if it was painless,risk free and undetectable?

Genetic engineering started out getting rid of genetic disease and weaknesses like cancer. Its already done in the UK. Disease is one thing but, what if you could keep your son from ever balding, choose him to be taller than you were, more of an athlete, his eye color?

Now we a have dogs tagged with locator chips and I expect the biggest fear of parents(abducted children) will overcome the hesitancy to put a chip in their child. In a few generations everybody has a locator chip.
They can be found by satellite anywhere. Why not also add a cell phone signal in that tiny chip. The cell technology evolves smaller until its in your ear,hands free. Then why not a computer augmentation as they too get smaller and smaller? People can use brain waves to control a computer. Which is already done with pilots and parlized people. Why not everybody? There you are.
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work!! Lovely the tights! :clap:

I have a sextant too! :D I have become really interested in Victorian scientific apparatus...guess that would come under Steampunk now! :P
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
If I had the money I would have a house full of this stuff and mucha influence

The scientific tools and impliments are really interesting! Old tools of all kinds are just cool to hold and fiddle with. I love heavy hardware. It feels good :)
I love steampunk but, I fight the label especially since it so seldom has anything to do with steam power or boiler plate.
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
At the moment, my small hall is dedicated...and this might sound silly...but to a character in a novel I'm writing. A professor (of sorts). So I'm starting to fill it with antique clocks (four so far, all chiming, which is fun!), pocket watches, a sextant, a brass compass, loads of old keys, old coins, hourglasses, antique boxes, a Victorian newspaper...and all that jazz! Hee hee! I love standing in there, hearing all the ticking, whilst looking at the old stuff! I'm just weird! ;)

Yes, I had never heard of Steampunk until recently. Still discovering more about it. :)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sounds cool to me. I tried to write a sci fi and Id love to have a room for the characters things.But the main character isnt human. Id need props.
Your collection is Victorian mechanisms antique or reproduction.But like your character might have a magnifying glass, microscope, test tubes things that are historical and a matter duplicator. It makes it believable to have real mixed with the made up part.
what annoys me is steampunk earrings. That has no function.. Im sorry Victorian age women wouldnt be caught dead wearing cogs.Any more than women now prefer micro chips to diamond studs. To me cogs for jewelry is more like apocalyptic style. Maybe surviving progeny use Victorian scrap to make jewelry. but Im just fanatic thinking out the logic behind such made up things:)
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
All my Victorian stuff is authentic, which is why it is taking time to build up my collection. But I just couldn't get the same atmosphere from reproductions. Hearing the tick of a genuine Victorian clock really stirs me, knowing that a Victorian heard the same tick. I've actually started collecting Victorian diaries and I'm reading one from 1862 (a little pocket diary). I'm using a magnifying glass to try to decipher the teeny tiny writing, but it's amazing to read. Now I want to know what this man looks like, and more of his life. It's sad that I never will...:(

No, I can't understand those steampunk earrings either. I like the idea of all the cogs etc but not really as part of jewelry.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thats so cool! Old clocks sound so much better and are calming instead of nerve wracking to listen to. I have some old photos, a brass compass its way heavy! a brass antique shaving mirror.And a lace nightgown that is old. I wish I could afford the photo albums and better quality stuff like nouveau jewelry.

Reading a diary must be odd. Gears and cogs are great,but getting kinda silly.
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I do have a Victorian photo album which I got quite cheaply from Ebay. It's a beautiful design -

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:)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow thats beautiful!!A deal too is super!
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Arioanindito Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
I love it as always, Nita.
This one gives me an additional creeps, which is good cuz it means that your art is strikingly beautiful. =)
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yellowworm Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010   Artisan Crafter
love your old school stuff.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey there! Thanks. Luv ya man!:manhug:
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yellowworm Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010   Artisan Crafter
back at ya kiddo.
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OneManDraw Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey ! Maybe you could achieve it as a doll ?!
A kind of sculpture with a beautyfull Winder Musicbox between the neck and shoulder blades...?
And maybe do as if the winder was an extention from a kind of light armor...?
I'm sure you could make a stunning piece with this Idea. ^^

And I'm sure you have already thought about it long ago this way ^^
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I have one doll sculpture that is an automaton. This one would look just a nude woman with a winding key. I like the theme and might come to it later.
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OneManDraw Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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HisaReynhart Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow you should finish this!!!
very promising^^
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Cassius-balljoint Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
Ah! Amazing! :D
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Alphabrush Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
why in the world have you stopped painting, so guud work.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw thanks man. well you really dont wanna know all that do you? It hurt too much. Ive either healed or Im less of a pussy now.
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Alphabrush Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
yea, off coarse I wanna know, I think I know your story already, I understand trust me. And Your
sculptures are even more impressive. Sometimes I feel like just shutting my mouth and just learn
from observation XD.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah I think you know. But heres a buttload of the crap that made me give up.
Buckets of negativity, poppy seeds of encouragement, no peers,no mentor,scraping to buy supplies. Your own family laughing at your work. Rude jokes about your art.Mom saying she fears for your soul cause of your dark art.Stepfather gives you his old paints says he will teach you but ,instead sticks his tongue in your mouth. Ever after anything you do is nothing.
A good string of that. Painting disgusting commissions like a wild cat hunter standing proud with his kill, copies of other artists work or portraits of ugly people from blurry old photos. they say make them look younger,thinner, removed the slobber etc. Change this,fix that.. then in the end say Uh that doenst look like them!

Humiliation, No answers from sending out slides or letters to publishers,clients that stiff you, or ask you to defend your price quote or worse tell you how much they are going to pay you and what your worth, Clients that are pissed that the framing costs more and didnt come with. Business owners so cheap they make their own scrap lumber frames making your work look totally crappy hanging in public.Galleries attendants that ask so what art school are you attending? Why? May I ask, are you on your period or are you normally so bloated?

I got published and instead of feeling happy I cringed at my painting next to professional illustrators. I knew I wasnt good enough and the mantra " the bar is being raised each year" meant mediocre is out. Owning 5 old worn paint brushes that I used every day. Got told brushes when taken care of should last decades! By someone with 100s of the best quality weekend warrior brushes. Her painting sucked and she asked me to fix her mistakes. I fixed them and swapped her paintings in return for canvas and supplies. Found out she was selling my paintings.
Acquaintances at parties say they know someone who knows someone who can get you a break someplace important. You never see them ever again, bet on it.
Men who say your talented pretend to be cultured then slip their hand up your dress. So cool broody artist wanna bes with sketches all over their notebooks and tattoos of their own design look you up and down and scoff that little girls could draw or paint anything. You point out really bad obvious anatomy flaws as tactfully as you can and they grunt to dismiss you never looking you eye to eye.

Art opportunities like scholarships that appear after you are one yr past the age requirement. Paying to get into false hope art orgs like ASFA. Entering contests and never winning.
Just before I quit I called a lady in the phone book who was doing abstract digital prints. Just to talk to another human who loved art.
I showed her "opulent death" She said that the tail part looked unfinished and that I was ungrounded and some crazy quasi art intellectual BS. Then she said encouragingly. your young yet.. keep at it.
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Alphabrush Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Happy to hear this sad story, apparently not all
child prodigies get the type of attention they
deserved, and being a beautiful young woman definitely
obscured mens focus. We are all just slightly
evolved animals after all :(. Judging from the
quality of work you produced at such a young age,
I believe that you where taking advantage of, so much
detail and thoughtful physics capturing, their is
no way your mind could have been anywhere else.

I apologize for all the negative feedback you got
back in the day and Know I love all they work you do,
either painting or sculpture, your work is not flawless
but PERFECT in my eyes.

Considering what I have gone through, I try not repeat,
I will try and be professional with my comments.

keep up with the great work Nita :hug:
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
No Im sure a lot of talents dont. oh well men are drawn to jailbait always will be.haha Its far more frustrating to be dismissed.

I studied old art. Pre Raphael and Victorian symbolists mostly. Though I also loved Frazetta, Giger, Odd Nerdrum,Patrick Woodroffe.
had and still have no life other than art:)

Meh its under the bridge. Im not that delicate.
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Alphabrush Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
True and addiction is very difficult to diffuse, those type
of people needs to be jacked into the matrix for the duration
of their life away from the real world XD.

I can remember what type of art studied, its like a blur to
me, your mind is far greater than mine.

You have more of a life than me, its friday, and my date
will be a trip to the gym for two hours. I am struggling to get
back into art. :(

you are amazing

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