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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.







mitakuye oyasin

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Big Cats, Wild Things on May 22, 2015 at 6:52 pm
watercolor aceo 5/2015

watercolor aceo 5/2015

The panther’s name is a Lakota greeting meaning ‘I am you….you are me.’ It is said with hands together placed over the heart just like Namaste.

‘You are my other me.
If I do harm to you,
I do harm to myself.
If I love and respect you,
I love and respect myself.’

big medicine

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Wild Things on November 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm

watercolor aceo 11/2012

The white buffalo is sacred within Native American spirituality.  The legend is that a holy woman brought the peace pipe to the Lakota. She taught them how to pray using the pipe and she told them of the value of the buffalo, women and children. She told the women that they were from Mother Earth. She said to them that what they were doing was as great as what the warriors were doing. Then, she left saying that she would return and then turned into a female white buffalo calf. White buffalos are very rare. Whenever one is born it is considered auspicious. ‘Big Medicine’ was a white bison male who lived 1933 to 1959.

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