Thursday, July 29, 2010

Red Tailed Hawk Painting for Salthaven

Way back in the spring I was invited to Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, where I was privileged to be able to take many pictures of their 'critters'. They do amazing work there.

The plan is that I create the paintings, and have new work to show, meanwhile they can use the images to promote their center, win, win!

With all of the other 'stuff' that has been on my plate (I should have something to tell about that by August the 12th) I haven't been able to spend the time in my studio that I would like. As Catherine says...we're hoping that this 'stuff' will have been a glorious waste of time vs an utter waste of time :)

Now we're in the waiting phase for the 'stuff' so I'm working like mad to make up for lost time!

This is of course the tissue painting of the hawk that will be one of the layers of the mixed media piece. As per usual I've been doing lots of research on my subject and I've found some interesting stuff.

Hawks are revered in cultures from ancient Egypt, through to China and onward to the Native Americans. They are considered almost universally to be a symbol of protection, and also almost universally to be messengers of the gods.

Native Americans say that he who walks with the hawk will be the protector of the earth, and teach others to do the same.

I've always had a special feeling for hawks, Frank Northgrieve an artist friend and member of the Chippewa on the Thames Band told me once that they are my totem.

Walk with the hawk my friend, may we all walk with the hawk.

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