Monday, July 23, 2012

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Strength of the Sun

Strength of the Sun, 30 x 30, oil on linen

This Plains Indian wears a bonnet of feathers, beads, bells, ermine tails and trade cloth. His face is painted white with a black Coup Mark (hand).


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Years Have Gone

Years Have Gone, 20 x 30, oil on linen

This Plains Indian wears eagle feathers and has white face paint.

What is the meaning of the face paint in my American Indian paintings?

American Indians painted their faces for decorative purposes and for protection against the wind, sun, snow and insects. Designs of various kinds were used to designate membership in certain societies, to prepare for ceremonies, to mark achievement and to mourn the dead. When used for personal ornamentation there was no guide to the way the paint should be applied beyond the fancy of the wearer or for personal identification.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Out on the Plains

Out on the Plains, 28 x 22, oil on canvas

This is another in my Silver Screen Cowgirls series. This lady of the Wild West has the big hat, cuffs, big dreamy eyes and lots of Bling.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Golden Son Blue Moon

Golden Son Blue Moon, 36 x 36, oil on linen

In the Old Days pigments were made from vegetation, stones, soil and animal parts. These things were dried, ground and then mixed with with a binder (water, fat, saliva) to apply to the face and body.

The red stripe represents a tear shed for those that fell in battle

This plains Indian wears a headdress made of eagle feathers, trade cloth, beads and ribbons

This painting is available for purchase