I have finally completed the piece I have been working on so painstakingly. I worked on this with great care, love and diligence regardless of what anyone may think.
This painting means a lot to me because as I painted it I thought of a man I know…an Iriquois Native man who lived on the land I lived on in Northeast Ohio.
The last sticks and bricks home I lived in was on a horse farm in Northeast Ohio. One afternoon as I was smudging I glanced out the back kitchen door and saw a man walking the circular drive. When he passed behind a large pine and did not appear on the other side I became suspicious that he was not currently incarnated. In other words, he was a Spirit.
I began to see him from time to time. Once while in my kitchen I saw him walk past my window so I went to the other window to look for him. I looked up the driveway and down but he was nowhere to be found.
Since that time I have been very drawn to Native culture and from what I have read, the beliefs and love of nature and the land is very similar to witchcraft and paganism.
After I began seeing this gentleman from the 1600’s wandering the property I had a lucid dream where I met with a shaman in a very large teepee. I remember he had a very large medicin wheel hanging in his teepee which I admired greatly. He told me that when I moved out west I would find one for myself.
Therefore, it was with great admiration that I painted this tribute.
I found an old wooden lid to possibly a barrel in a friend’s thrift shop and decided to paint this on it. I finished it off with attaching leather straps to the rim with large wooden beads and feathers hanging down.
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