Fly High (with a red buffalo)

I've been spreading a lot of paint in my studio recently....working on large panels, 3ft x 4ft.

These pix show some details of the whole.

The piece(s) will be shown later, once I see how they are working....not everything in these images made it through unscathed......in other words some of this is now painted over.

Had to lose some of this imagery for the sake of the whole. It's like that sometimes...in paint and in life.

 

Wild Buffalo, mixed mediaon panel (detail)

 

The following animal medicine quotes are from  Shamanic Journeys.

Bunnies and buffalo both have powerful symbolism.

 

Buffalo/Bison’s medicine includes manifestation, protection, earth creativity, feminine courage, abundance, knowledge, generosity, hospitality, sharing work, courage, strength, challenge, survival, giving for the greater good, formulating beneficial plans.

Buffalo teaches us that true prosperity comes when we are grateful for what we have and when we live in harmony and love with every body and being contained within the universe. You will live like buffalo when you know that abundance is present and when ALL relations are honoured and known as sacred, when you express gratitude for all parts, all aspects of creation.

 

Brave Bunny, mixed media on panel (detail)

 

Rabbits are guides into the shadow world, where our personal fears lie.

When the rabbit shows up it is time to examine those deep reflexive fears that hold you back from growing. Do you keep bounding for the safety of your old patterns every time something new or challenging presents itself? If the answer is yes, the rabbit asks you to face your fears with compassion for yourself. You must accept that it is part of human nature to feel fear at times, but also believe that our fears need not paralyze our growth and movement.

 

Rabbit medicine is also very positive, showing us how to attract love, abundance, health, and a warm, dry burrow. We are guided to move through fear, living by our own wits, receiving hidden teachings and intuitive messages, quick thinking, strengthening intuition, and paradox. Rabbit represents humility, being quiet and soft and not self-asserting. If you see Rabbit or in any way feel attracted to him, this may be a sign for you to wait for the forces of the universe to start moving again, to stop worrying and to get rid of your fears. Rabbit always indicates a need to re-evaluate the process you are undergoing, to rid yourself of any negative feelings or barriers, and to be more humble.

 

Fly High, paint splatter detail

 

Lots of things to think and feel when I paint.

Buffalo Bride, Something New in the Works....

I am very excited to play in my painting studio lately....I always am quite excited to play with paint....this time I am exploring some imagery that has been floating around my consciousness for several years now....and she is finally making herself known...

or, more accurately, I am finally ALLOWING myself to see her, and to let her be seen....she is now (already) in 7 paintings! hah!  I am LOVING it....she is quirky and weird...kinda like me....and she has some ancient wisdom, still revealing her secrets....

I love the mystery of HER.....

Buffalo Girl 30" x 36"

Sheila Norgate and Me!

ok, so....as you know...i am having a show of my mixed media paintings at Sheila Norgate's new gallery....The Keep Calm and Carry on Gallery


and i am working on creating a few more pieces for this show....so this is a little bit of my process.....you can scroll through the images and see the progression of the painting.....i really love this process....minute by minute.....impulse by impulse.....it is a very alive way of creating....!!!
this final piece will be in the show...exactly one week from today...Friday, Sept.21st opening and runs through Saturday Sept.22nd.....that's it....short and sweet....
applying mixed media with old recipe book pages and doilies

add china marker and some paint

add the painted horse

paint the horse a little bluer....make more marks, smudge some areas

outline the horse with black paint

change the horse completely to an image of wild horses, add more paint, more mark making

p.s. this idea of sharing the process is inspired by Sheila as well.....she has been an amazing mentor for me, and many others i am sure....i am super G R A T E F U L.....