The Jaguar is a new painting for my rainforest series. Jaguars are the largest cats native to the Americas and third largest cats in the world behind lions and tigers. The jaguar once roamed from Argentina all the way up to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Today, jaguars have been almost completely eliminated from the United States. This endangered cat hangs on in remote regions of Central America and South America. My niece spent time in Costa Rica on a college research trip and was fortunate to see a black jaguar in the dead of night.
Jaguar is a Native American word meaning, “he who kills with one blow.” In pre-Columbian America the jaguar was seen as a god in Peru, Mexico, and Guatemala. The Mayans saw him as the god of the underworld.
The idea for this painting came to me a couple weeks ago. My daughter is spending a semester abroad in Prague, and has taken advantage of her free time traveling to many exciting places, She’s been to Paris, Rome, Naples and now, Vienna and is having a great time on her adventures. We are excited for her because she’s broadening her horizons by learning about and experiencing other cultures. It’s brought back to mind wonderful memories of my travels. One of those memories was a trip with my husband down to the Oaxaca, Mexico region. In a small arts village, I bought him a bright hand painted and carved, wooden jaguar that he keeps in his office for good luck. This jaguar painting is also for my husband and a reminder of our happy memories of Mexico.
Here’s a new painting for my Heni’s Happy Painting Etsy shop. Earlier in the summer I painted The Brothers of our cats Tuxie and Truffle. I then thought I’d like to paint our other cat, Tiggy who passed away a few years ago. With the warm summer weather I was also thinking about painting a mermaid in an underwater scene. I put these two ideas together and created Mer-Cat.
Back in May when I had my show at the Phoenix and Dragon bookstore, Candice, the owner mentioned that they have an art show in October where they have paintings of cats from various local artists which is another reason why I’ve done these cat paintings. The bookstore has three cats that live there full time. When I set up my show, they all came into the gallery to hang out with me. It was very sweet. There are many pet oriented gifts in the shop and I’ve bought some cat gifts for my daughter there.
My daughter has been in Prague now for just over a week, it’s pretty quiet around here, I think our kitties are missing her and all her loving attention. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
This week I felt like painting something light hearted so I chose Ganeshas my subject. Ganesh is one of the most worshiped gods of the Hindu Religion. He helps to destroy selfishness and vanity and to remove obstacles in one’s path. He brings good luck and fortune as he represents the material universe with all it’s many manifestations. His elephant head represents super intelligence, his one tusk represents being focused and his large tummy symbolizes digesting both the good and bad peacefully.
One of my sisters who has an elephant collection has always liked Ganesh. Years ago I made her a papier mache bowl with a painting of Ganesh on it. She still has it and it makes me feel good whenever I go up to visit her and see it. Her partner liked the white elephant that I painted last year and mentioned that he would like a Ganesh note card to give to his Indian friends at work, so that’s the plan. I’ll make some note cards of this to give to him for Christmas.
It seems to me that Ganesh knows how to relax and enjoy life, which helps to bring good luck. That is something we westerners could learn and benefit from. Here in Georgia the schools have already started up in what used to be the lazy last days of summer. In our home, my husband has just gotten a large job and will be working like crazy all month so we’ll just have to make do and relax when we can. I hope that everyone can carve out some relaxing time during these last days of Summer.
Two Rabbits in the Meadow is a painting that I made for my Heni’s Happy Paintings Etsy Shop back in early June. I thought of doing a new rabbit painting after spotting a little rabbit ahead of me on a path during my morning walk. I decided then that it would be fun to do a new whimsical painting which I could add to the animals in the meadow series.
I looked up the symbolic meaning of spotting a rabbit in a google search. Seeing a rabbit can mean more abundance may be coming but one needs to face their fear and know when to make their move. This made sense to me personally. During the spring season I was involved with marketing with the May art show and also updating my art work at the Flying Biscuit Cafes. Once my daughter came home from college for the summer and my husband got very busy with work, I got distracted and unfocused.
It felt good to get back to painting but now I’m ready to move forward with the marketing. Tonight I’m going to a small art and food truck event, getting myself back out there. Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful hot day and I’m hoping for no evening showers.
A few months ago I learned that a flock of crows is called a murder. That captured my attention and I decided that at some point I would paint a murder of crows. I love crows and have painted many through the years. Whenever I’m out and about and spot a crow I get the feeling that they have spotted me also and are closely watching. Maybe for that reason they seem intelligent, social, and somewhat mysterious to me. After last week’s tighter still life painting I felt like doing something looser, a perfect time for this painting.
In A Murder of Crows I wanted to show a lot of movement and layers of colors through the sky and tree branches as if the crows were flying in in out of different dimensions. I tend to wonder if they can see colors and dimensions that we are not aware of yet. Scientist say dragonflies and cats can perceive more than humans and they are now learning that trees communicate to each other through their roots. It’s all very intriguing to think about the miracle and wonder of our natural world.
To create anything… is to believe, if only momentarily, you are capable of magic.’
It is a beautiful fall Wednesday here in Atlanta. The leaves are changing to lovely warm colors and it is in the mild mid 70’s. Delightful!
Here is another crow painting of mine. I like this painting, even though it is acrylic on watercolor paper it reminds me of crayon drawings that children create in elementary school.
I saw the quote above on my twitter feed this morning. It is from Tom Bessill who has written a book The Magic Hours, about creativity. Here is a link to a review by Maria Popova on Brain Pickings, she is one of my favorite tweeters: Brain Pickings