101 Art Days, Day 2:continuing with the Native American theme today, as I had more than one background already prepared.
This one had an image of a Native American girl, some old maps of the United States, and a stamp in the corner. I had overlaid it with a stencil of a flying bird.
Work in progress adding layers of oil paint
And here she is just about finished I think. I am going to call it "Earth teach me freedom (as the eagle soars high)"
Someone asked me today why I chose a Native American subject matter... Well, a long time ago I spent a whole summer on a reservation, the Blackfoot reservation in Montana, helping out with a family business, going to ceremonies and gathering information for my history of art dissertation. Since then I have had an interest in their culture, but also the cultures of Nomadic people in general..gypsies, travellers, Native Americans... (psst this may be a hint for the book idea!!)