Monday, November 22, 2010

Miniature Show in Santa Fe - Gallery 822

Crow Medicine, 10 x 8, oil on board.

I hope to see you this Friday, Nov 26 at Gallery 822 on Canyon Road, Santa Fe for the annual miniature show. The artist reception is 5:00 - 8:00.

Stop by, say hello and buy someone a gift of art.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Snake Dancer

Snake Dancer, 6 x 6, oil on cradled panel

The Snake Dance is a petition for rain, in which snakes serve as the supernatural messengers to the divine. The dance takes place in late summer when the rain is needed for the maturation of the corn.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Season to Dance- American Indian

Season to Dance 16 x 20, oil on linen

During the Cheyenne Sun Dance the Sacred Woman is painted 4 different ways during the ceremony. This is the First Paint. The white paint is a prayer that she may live to an old age, the time of white hair. The black line represents the straight road that leads to The Supreme Being.


Shalako Mana - Corn Maiden

Shalako Mana, 8 x 10, oil on Board © K. Henderson

The Shalako Mana is a deity representing the Corn Maiden and is believed to direct the clouds to the Hopi mesas.In the typical fashion she has terraced bodies representing rain clouds on her head and curved lines over her mouth.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sacred Fool - Koshare

Sacred Fool, oil on canvas, 24 x 36

Sacred Fool is yet another name for a Pueblo Indian Sacred Clown. These clowns participate in ceremonies trivializing important matters & exaggerating trivial events. Their purpose is to show how NOT to behave. They are teachers and keepers of tradition