'Tatanka' is based upon a photograph of Edward S. Curtis, little is known about this warrior, he is of the Sioux and wearing a roach. This is an original pastel painting...to see more portraits please visit the Gallery pages. Karen
Here is another wonderful prayer coupled with one of the Sundance Series of Silhouettes. If you would like to see more please visit the Gallery Pages 1 & 2
I walk into the darkness
to seek a vision from the Holy Ones.
I need their aid in my quest
to find the red road in this
World of adversity.
I pray the Old Ones
will grant me wisdom.
The wisdom of the Ancients,
to make me a warrior sage.
To find the way of survival
in this age of adversity.
I call to my Spirit helper,
to show me the truth.
To be a warrior with vision.
fearless and strong,
in this World of adversity.
I send my spirit into the sky to
ask the Sun to grant me a vision.
To be at my side when I fight for the people
in this world of adversity.
I send my smoke to the creator,
to lead me safely, to help me go on.
To give guidance for a warrior to live,
in this World of adversity.
Two Moons Of The Cheyenne - this one of my favourite paintings coupled with a wonderful prayer..Karen
Native American Ten Commandments
NATIVE AMERICAN MAIDEN
My latest painting is now completed, based upon photographs from Edward S. Curtis, the 16 x 20 pastel, on sanded board is now live on the website. If you would like to see it please visit the New Paintings Page.....Karen
Hold on to what is good,
Even if it's a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it's a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it's a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it's easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I'll be gone away from you.
"Hold On," A Pueblo Indian Prayer
Perhaps the tribe with the closest of all associations
with the wolf is the Pawnee, in the lands now known as Nebraska and Kansas. The
Pawnee felt such a close kinship that their hand-signal for wolf is the same as
the hand signal for Pawnee. They were known as the Wolf People even by neighboring tribes. The cyclical appearance and disappearance of Sirius, the Wolf Star, indicated the wolf coming and going from the spirit world, running down the trail of the Wolf Road, otherwise known as the Milky Way. The Blackfoot tribe also called our galaxy the Wolf Trail, or the Route to Heaven. The Pawnee, like the Hidatsa and Oto tribes, used wolf bundles,pouches of skins from wolves in which to keep and protect treasured implements used for ceremonies and magic.......An extract from Cottie Burland
Though their voices have grown silent they still speak to us....I hope you enjoy this verse....Karen
The beauty of the trees,
the softness of the air,
the fragrance of the grass,
speaks to me.
The summit of the mountain,
the thunder of the sky,
the rhythm of the sea,
speaks to me.
The strength of the fire,
the taste of salmon,
the trail of the sun,
and the life that never goes away,
they speak to me.
And my heart soars."
Chief Dan George
The wolf has special significance to many tribes. Wolf medicine is attainable by all, wolf is teacher, pathfinder, it comes to those who have lost their way. Wolf medicine is the divine walking abroad on the earth. it represents the fine balance in the cycle of life, nature and spirit, and imparts this medicine to others.
If you would like to read the legend of Amarok please visit the website page Inuit & Sioux.....Karen
Peace and happiness are available in every moment.
Peace is every step. We shall walk hand in hand.
There are no political solutions to spiritual problems.
Remember: If the Creator put it there, it is in the right place.
The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.
Tell your people that, since we were promised we should never be moved,
we have been moved five times.
An Indian Chief, 1876.
Today my most recent painting has been finished. It is a 16 x 20
inch, pastel portrait of Native American Fast Elk of the Sioux. I have used a mixture of Unison and Sennelier Pastels on a sanded board. The preliminary sketch is drawn out in charcoal, followed by the initial under painting. The pastels are then applied in layers and blended with fingers and tools, until the required depth of colour and tone is achieved. This is built up in stages, and can take many hours to complete. Some of the stages of the painting can be seen below.
If you would care to see the completed artwork please visit the New Painting Gallery on the website. Karen