Demo : Jerry’s Artarama, Houston
You never know what you’re going to see on your own front door! This wonderful Native American was milling about on a parking lot, waiting to join a local parade. Thank goodness I had my camera!
Jerry’s Artarama, Houston sponsored a morning of art recently, enabling me to bring my Lessons With Lesley to the local community. Thanks to good friend Kim, I am able to show you how the morning progressed. Enjoy!
I am not the type of artist who is concerned with details (obviously), or even the correct outward appearance of a person, place or object. Instead, my interest is always the “feel” of the image and what it has evoked in me.
When I am fortunate enough to encounter such a powerful image, and have the good sense to carry a small camera or sketch pad with me, back at the studio, I tend to reflect later on why I love it so; Write about it, explore its message. You might guess my interest as you consider the title. Perhaps you will notice that the spirit drum, and the ancient symbol thereon is the main area of focus, from which lines, gestures and movement seem to evolve and revolve. This is not a warrior, but a Shaman; One who is connected both to earth and his Great Spirit. The Axis Mundi.
We would do well as a ‘civilization’ to learn from our Native American brethren; To take only what we can carry; To be a good custodians of nature, learning to live with, nurture and understand inner and outer life; To become familiar and respond to the Great Spirit that animates all things….To know things that people like this gentleman seem to know so well.
Thank you, beautiful Native American man, whoever you are, for crossing my path for a moment…Such an inspiration. Such a privilege! Native Brit’s encounter with a beautiful Native American.
It’s great fun, it’s fast, and it’s not brain surgery! So why not have a go?
Same demo : Similar technique, this time in gouache only…
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