'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
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
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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