Laying in the sky.
Now, on to the grasses.
Ready to block in prayer cloths.
View of storm approaching from studio window.
Unexpected storms can be a good thing. I was torn between starting a painting or getting outside to enjoy the warm sunny weather. So, I took an hour to bask in the beauty that is the Black Hills, before heading inside to start a canvas. Good thing too. As soon as I set up, dark clouds came out of nowhere.
The subject of today's painting is from a hike Jack and I took over a year ago on Bear Butte Mountain. We hadn't planned on doing the hike, but decided to get up close and personal with nature and the prayer cloths on numerous trees & bushes along the hike. Here's a bit more about Bear Butte (that I copied from BlackHillsSouthDakota.com).
A SACRED MOUNTAINIn most religions, specific areas or sites hold great spiritual significance. Bear Butte is such a place. Many Native Americans see the mountain as a place where the creator has chosen to communicate with them through visions and prayer.
During your visit, you will see colorful pieces of cloth and small bundles or pouches hanging from the trees. These prayer cloths and tobacco ties represent the prayers offered by individuals during their worship.
The painting needs to dry a bit in order for me to finish some of the final details. All in all, it didn't take long to get this one going. The size of the painting is 12" x 24", and is on cradled gessobord.
I'll post when it's completed.