White Dog Art

sacred buffalo

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Two Spirits on August 20, 2020 at 4:51 pm

watercolor 22 x 15 8/20

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads………. Henry David Thoreau

This is a commissioned painting which I created for a very gracious and spiritual Lakota woman. I felt privileged to be inside her heart and her history. The sacred white buffalo is her strongest spirit animal totem and therefore is the dominant image. The great horned owl was included because of her repeated encounters with it. On two separate occasions near her home she discovered two dead owls and consciously returned them to the earth. Because of the sum of all her experiences with the owls she felt a profound spirit connection to the powerful bird. The circle around the buffalo is my depiction of the sacred hoop. Everything is in circles within the Native American stories, life and worship. Never-ending is the creator. No beginning. No end. The sisters depict her 3 sisters and their mother. The ponies are my addition….just for fun and balance.

I added some progressions. It is always fun to see how it all comes together. Further along I forgot to take photos.







  1. Incredible. I know she’ll absolutely love it.

  2. You are truly gifted and connected Gretchen. I can feel the energy and power in this offering šŸŒˆšŸ’•

  3. This is quite simply stunning! And what a meaningful commission to have the honor of completing. There is so much depth and feeling in your work always, and this one stands out especially.

  4. what a beautiful commission !

  5. Gorgeous!!! Love the progression photos.

  6. This is an superbly outstanding. Enough cannot be said for the job you did with this.

    • Thank you Geri. That’s high praise. This is a much larger painting than I usually create, so in the recalling of just how to deal with the size, it was a bit of efforting on my part. I’m glad you like it.

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