'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.
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
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
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
Native American Medicine Man
The role of the healers was to get help from the spirit world. Each one would practice healing diseases, healing the mind, promote harmony between people and Earth. The medicine man also had the ability to
inflict harm, promote fertility, and secure good hunting and fishing outcomes.
A Mothers Love
The love that a mother feels for her child and that the child feels for its mother, lives on even when the physical link is broken… for all of us who still have our mother with us, cherish her;…..for those of us who are parted from her, look forward but also remember all the love that passed between you and hold it in your heart. Karen
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