Thursday, May 26, 2022

Floral Painting - "Gift of the Great Spirit"

If you've visited Texas in the spring, you've seen these wildflowers blooming everywhere. They are a delicate and challenging flower to paint. While researching bluebonnets, I discovered this Native American legend.

When the Comanche people faced a terrible drought, the shaman announced that this was punishment for taking from the land without giving back. They would need to offer a sacrifice of their greatest possessions in order to appease the Great Spirit. While all others hesitated, one young girl, She-Who-Is-Alone, stepped forward to sacrifice her only possession, a doll given to her by her mother, who had perished in the famine. In return for her bravery, the rains fell and a great field of bluebonnets appeared.

"Gift of the Great Spirit" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16"
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Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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