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seer

In Owls, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on October 2, 2017 at 2:57 pm

watercolor 10/2017

Owls are carriers of souls to the spirit world.

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keeper of the secrets

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on April 5, 2017 at 11:43 am

watercolor 4/2017

 

‘Raven’s lesson is to walk without fear even if the way is not clear…trust your intuition to guide you.’

 

As it is with all original people history is recorded through verbal stories. I love the tales from Native American culture because they add to the spirit and mystery of the animals that I paint. I often get lost often reading the myths and that’s how I found this one.

“At one time the whole world was dark. Inky, pitchy, all-consuming dark, blacker than a thousand stormy winter midnights, blacker than anything anywhere has been since.”

“The reason for all this blackness had to do with the old man in the house by the river, who had a box, which contained a box, which contained a box, which contained an infinite number of boxes, each nestled in a box slightly larger than itself until finally there was a box so small all it could contain was all the light in the universe.”

In the story, the old man hides the light because he’s afraid to see whether or not his daughter is ugly. In a ploy to steal the light, Raven shrinks himself to become a hemlock needle in a basket of drinking water so that the daughter swallows him. Soon Raven is reborn from her as a raven/human child. The old man accepts him as a grandson, and soon Raven begins begging that he open the boxes, one after another, each time pleading and crying until the old man yields.

When the old man finally opens the box containing the light, Raven grabs it and flies out of the house—causing light to spread throughout the world and revealing that the old man’s daughter is as beautiful as the fronds of a hemlock tree.

As Raven flies away, Eagle sees him and tries to steal the light, causing Raven to drop some of it, which becomes the Moon and the stars.

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master of illusion

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on September 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm
watercolor 9/2016

watercolor 9/2016

Rumi has some great words about illusion. This one is my favorite because it always makes me laugh.

‘Why struggle to open a door between us when the whole wall is an illusion.’

Yesterday when I was in the parking lot of the Safeway a young woman passed by me wearing a tee shirt with lettering that said ‘Minnie is my spirit animal.’ How great is that!!!

persimmon

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on April 12, 2016 at 11:02 am
watercolor aceo 4/2016

watercolor aceo 4/2016

Listen to your own truth

luna

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Owls, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on March 10, 2016 at 7:22 pm
watercolor aceo 3/2016

watercolor aceo 3/2016

The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see…..robert holden

white moon

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on January 28, 2016 at 12:54 pm
watercolor aceo 1/2016

watercolor aceo 1/2016

‘Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead…..let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come.’…………rumi

moon in the lotus

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Owls, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on January 9, 2016 at 5:09 pm
watercolor aceo 1/2016

watercolor aceo 1/2016

‘No mud….no lotus’
These words are Buddhist in origin but totally apply to any Self seeking path. The incredibly beautiful and delicate lotus flower always rises from a bed of mud….transformed. And just as the realization of perfection for the seeker comes from the mud of pain and suffering.

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magi

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on December 10, 2015 at 7:33 pm
watercolor aceo 12/2015

watercolor aceo 12/2015

‘Shine like the whole universe is yours’…..rumi

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kabir’s love song

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on November 19, 2015 at 8:03 pm
watercolor aceo 11/2015

watercolor aceo 11/2015

Listen, my friend. He who loves understands…..Kabir 

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moon shield prayer

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Owls, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on November 12, 2015 at 12:46 pm
watercolor aceo 11/2015

watercolor aceo 11/2015

‘Listen or your tongue will make you deaf.’ …..Cree proverb