The Lightning Ring + Original Artwork + Mixed Media on Paper + Small Artwork + Shaman + Shaman Woman + Dawn Wilson Enoch

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The Lightning Ring + Original Artwork + Mixed Media on Paper + Small Artwork + Shaman + Shaman Woman + Dawn Wilson Enoch

400.00

An intricately detailed small original work on paper depicting a young shaman standing in her ring of power and protection.

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:: The Lightning Ring ::

"...The shaman girl has come to her desert refuge and now draws a circle of lightning around herself for protection.  Her crown of condor feathers and mesquite thorns honors her allies and call upon their aid.  Her star-kindred surround her...She stands in her truth and her power, unafraid."   

This small, mixed media original was done two weeks ago, well before the election, but it seems to anticipate what many people are feeling right now, especially women...and among those, especially young women.  Before I began, I had been seeing a figure in my mind's eye, standing in a ring of light--or fire--out in the desert.  My intention was to create a small original on paper to sell, since smaller items are less demanding, allow me to explore my ideas without a major commitment, and are much more affordable than larger pieces.  Small art can be much easier to live with, especially if your space and pocketbook are limited.  This one is 5 1/2" x 11 1/2", and the girl's face is the size of my thumbnail. 

When I created this, I had been dealing not only with the ongoing difficulties around the election, but also issues of past abuse and dysfunction, and the themes of creating safety, of finding refuge, and of standing in one's strength were in my mind.  As the image unfolded a young shamaness appeared, looking defiant and somewhat fierce, who stood in a ring made not of fire but of lightning which flowed from her hands.  She was saying "I have been through the fire already and although I have been wounded, I have also discovered my own strength.  I know I have power, and worth, and that I will stand straight, here in the wild places that I love.  And this is where I draw the line between myself and those who would seek to harm me: this far, and no further."

Her shaman's headdress is made of the primary wing feathers of the condor, the great bird that transforms death into life and sees the farthest, and of mesquite thorns, and it is charged with the cosmic energies of the stars, her kindred.  As I was working on her simple tattered shift and I was surprised to see that the hem wanted to dissolve into the earth she stood on, which had become clouds.  And they parted to reveal another star-filled sky beneath her feet, which themselves were rendered in an entirely different light: she stood in a plane of reality that was altogether different. 

This piece was rendered on Canson Mi-Tientes acid-free paper.  I have used this paper for years because it can take a great deal of detail while standing up to abuse I put it through.  It was initially treated with an assortment of inks, dry earth pigments, and metallic pigments, all mixed with water and dried repeatedly in the hot desert sun, before the drawing was begun.  Then, as the work took shape I incorporated the random areas of color into the image.

I have collected a huge variety of media to choose from when I make this kind of artwork, and the selection keeps growing all the time since there always seems to be some new, strange thing every time I go to the art supply store.  This one was mostly done with colored pencils, colored watercolor pencils, and goache, which is an opaque watercolor.  The main body of the image was rendered in pencil, and then highlights and the darkest accents were done in goache.  Both the stars and lightning ring were built up with pure white goache.  Through much of the upper half of the picture you can see a faint silver shimmer with a bit of copper, and a larger area of silver in the sky in the upper right. 

The surface of the paper is warped and has an earthen quality to its surface.  The edges are all torn.  My suggestion is that you frame it with a floating mount, which means that it is attached to a backing and the edges are left revealed rather than hidden under a mat.  I strongly recommend that you avoid non-reflective glass.  It will muddy and dim the image.  When you hang it, place it where it will receive light that is more direct: head on, rather than at an angle.  If this is lit by an overhead lamp that strikes it at a sharp angle, it will illuminate the warps and uneven surface and will obscure the drawing.  (Honestly, I just pin my stuff to the walls...I have an aversion to frames that pen up the energy of a piece and pin it under glass.)  Keep it out of strong sunlight.  

++ An important note:  you will be purchasing this original artwork ONLY.  As the artist I will retain all copyright and rights to reproduction. ++ 

++ And another: I still need to photograph this piece properly, and plan to buy a proper digital SLR camera tomorrow.  The old one broke months ago and these pictures were taken with my phone, which made the image look much harsher than it actually is.  All this is to say that there will be a slight delay of a day or so before I can ship it to you. ++

The Lightning Ring will be carefully packaged in archival glassine and securely wrapped, and it will be sent flat via USPS.

++ Shipping is included in the price. ++

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