"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrowmindedness." – Mark Twain
I can see he is wearing not his everyday makeup. What he is out for? Maybe to meet the dead.
Oh, he's magnificent and just what I needed this morning. I wanted to reply properly to the reply you left on my "I am crow" post, but it got so long I decided to rather hunt down your email here and paste it in an email instead.
Pulled a feather from his cap...
I'm a combination of frightened and saddened at the same time....It's a very moving picture!
We have wonderful chemistry...I'm in love!
he's beautiful. i love him. i love him!
He has Raven medicine or two winged medicine. From his stature I would say he is a Medicine Man. Holy Shaman.I have your painting and address and as soon as I get home, back to the Coast I will send it to you.
oooh...now THAT's a hairdo...
that's really striking! quite a gaze!
He is Magnificent...the Raven must know him very well to sit so still on top of his head.
maybe the best painting of an indian i have ever seen..i think im n love
So this is not a self portrait.But it is a great Indian picture.
Now, that's raven haired.
Totally nifty!I would not want him angry with me.I feel I would not survive.
Now if only he plays guitar.
Oh so he is a doctor?
Ariel the Thief - Actually he probably IS wearing his everyday makeup. I think his job description requires it.Michelle - Thank you for your forthcoming response. I am thrilled to have found your blog, and as I mentioned, amazed at your journey and mine as well. Oh, and many congrats on your book!Doug - ... "and watch a crow poke your eye out."Funny Fashionista - Good heavens I forgot it was you! Still getting used to the new icon and name :) I wonder why he makes you sad? I find it powerful and am a bit awestruck.Sister Celtic - Who wouldn't be? (perhaps one who doesn't get along with birds or Native Americans...) I find it stunning - I would love to meet this being.Cat - Well said. Now how do you translate him into your art?McRaven - Very good to hear from you. I miss your posts - though I do see a few in odd places :) I thought of you when I posted this picture. Thank you for your interpretation of his stature and power. It is awesome. Are you still able to paint while so far from home? How's that little cutie Piper? And, how are YOU feeling?JJ - yes, and isn't it lovely? I think it would look great on me. *sigh* I've been told by a man who was in possession of a medicine bag given to him by an old Shaman that I had healing powers. The man asked me to hold the bag - and was amazed. It was all very mysterious and I didn't know what to make of it - so I just filed it away for safe keeping. I still wonder about it.Lime - No more striking than yours my dear :)Mo'a - I think the Raven is actually a part of him.Yellowdog Granny - He is one I think few have had the privilege to meet. Would that you or I would be so lucky.Dr. John - I have nothing inside to compare with such a portrait as his. Perhaps he painted it as his own self portrait - I do not know. That picture invokes awe and respect.Actonbell - You have been hanging out at Doug's so long that you are starting to surpass his one-liners! Excellent :)Jamie Dawn: I think you have him pegged. Or maybe not - perhaps he is one who is wiser than his anger and willing to do find solutions rather than concede his temper.Tom & Icy - I bet he plays anything he desires. And well.
Ariel the Thief - Yes. Look here for some brief info.
wow Terry...! that's kinda cool...so you have the medicine bagin your possession now?hmmm...maybe bring it outof hiding into the light,as it were...sit with itand see what it saysto you? thats pretty cool...maybe cuz you'reso in touch with natureand stuff....nature hasmuch to teach us...xo
JJ - Actually, the man only let me hold the medicine bag - something he said he rarely, if ever, lets anyone do. He didn't even open the well-worn leather bag for me, but told me a few of the items it contained, and of a healing he himself had once performed by laying that bag on the leg of a maimed man. The man with the medicine bag was one who had lived for 10 years among a tribe, and that bag was his most prized possession. It was considered holy and powerful, and I went to sleep in my tent that night only to lay awake for hours of pondering if my choice of religion at the time would respect this exchange. I'd give anything for that to happen to me now.
"I've been told by a man who was in possession of a medicine bag given to him by an old Shaman that I had healing powers. I still wonder about it."We (modern day people) tend to forget there are many kinds of healing. My dad was told he was a healer by a psychic. That was about 25 years ago and my dad never followed up on it. Just recently I realised he never had to - the psychic was right - he's always been a healer. He just IS. All my life my dad has had strangers tell him things. People in supermarkets, on the street, or customers (he was a self-employed electrician for years)would come to him and confess all sorts of things. That they'd had an affair, that they were adopted, that they were dying of cancer. He's like a walking confessional! And only now, this past week, I realised that this is his "calling". He heals by allowing others that chance to talk and set free their hidden secrets. THey tell this complete stranger and somehow it heals their spirits.So... all you need to do is figure out what kind of a healer you have always been. Is it your abilty to be quiet and listen, is it your abilty to give great advice, bake a cake for a sick friend.. be there when you're needed? Not all healing is literal/health related. PS... I promised you an email and then my book came out and my brain fried, but I haven't forgotten.
what Michelle says is quite right,well, meaning, i understand that kind of truth...i was going to say, it didntmatter what was in the medicinebag, or even if there was anythingin there at all...sometimes, as i usedto learn in some energy work classes,intention is nine-tenths of the law...and some people are just meantto be healers, often those who wouldprobably rather not draw attentionto themselves, as i found out the hard way! there are many ways to heal,both ourselves and others...oftenjust being around a healing presencewill shift many ills...i say now look atPresident Obama, for a light shineswithin him...his simple kind goodnesshas healed so many already....call that a simplistic view, i dontreally care what its called...sometimes just being aroundpeople can cause a healing of sorts...just listening to others,a human touch, giving generouslyof our time, caring about others,this goes far and deep on the planet...
His eyes.... I look into them and feel sadness.
Very impressive photo.
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