For millenia, ravens have enjoyed a reputation among many peoples, as a powerful totem. They symbolize change, internal growth, introspection and various warnings. My favourite though is the belief that they bring light to us, the people of the world. Coincidentally, I saw a raven on Christmas Day, which inspired this raven who brings that gift in the form of an angel. May Raven’s gift of Light bless you all this Christmas Season.
Today you get a new large painting I’ve been working on. Although it’s a continuation on the Spirit Pony theme, it differs in that it’s entirely out of my head…no photo references at all. I loosely sketched the horses in pencil, and once I had them roughed in, drew them more completely in charcoal. The painting part was fun, with multiple layers of colour and scribbling back into it with charcoal and gold metallic pen.
27 X 12″ on 300lb Fabriano Paper
Today’s painting is in honour of one of the most beautiful animals on the prairie and a wish for them that the winter be gentle, the grass abundant, and the interferences of human habitation, as minimal as possible. SOLD
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When I was in Calgary in July showing my work at the Hyatt Hotel, part of their extensive Canadian art collection were some historical photos. This little painting is derived from a sepia-toned early 1800’s vintage photo of a Pikani tipi, depicting a beautiful example of gorgeous design and elegant function.
As always, it left me wondering about the secret life of crows and all other non-human species.
Not saying what today’s painting is about…that would preclude you letting it do the talking! So let me know what it says to you….I’ll be interested to hear.
7 X 10″ on 140lb Fabriano
Today I felt like playing, so I did this little abstract running horse. He needed jazzing up so I added feathers and some war paint, and whadya know?! a War Pony. It looks like he’s galloping past a corner of the globe, so he could be a globe-trotting War Pony. Whatever. It’s fun to simplify and experiment.
With a black drawing pen, I’m too able to create little dips & doodles, so this time I used a charcoal pencil and allowed myself straight lines only! It is fascinating to me how very little information you need to include in order to have an image that says “horse’! This would not be mistaken for camel, cow, donkey or even zebra. That little piece of “knowing” has been the gem I’ve taken from this exercise in abstraction….A horse is a horse, of course of course.
This is the weekend for Aboriginal Day Celebrations here in Canada, and though I didn’t get to any of the festivities this year, I did paint a tipi to honour the day and show some of the respect I feel for this country’s First People.