Thursday, May 30, 2013

Last two in Ballookey's: Bear Hare Air and Snail in Phlox

"Bear and Hare went by Air"
my illo of San Cassimally's kids' book
Animal Carnivalacrylics
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Snail in Phlox
half a collab for Mike
Faber-Castelle pigment pens
I have completed (I think) the work in this rotation in Ballookey's Mole.  (I may do a little tweaking here and there.)  Now I will begin working on the pocket item(s).  With Andrea, I prepared a lot ahead during the period before the rotation exchange began.


Mike Kline said...

Looking forward to the interesting snail collaboration...

Great use of color on the airplane
and the zia like symbol.

Interesting Zia information on Wikipedia

The Zia Sun Symbol

The Zia Sun Symbol is featured on the New Mexico flag.

The Zia Indians of New Mexico regard the Sun as a sacred symbol. Their symbol, a red circle with groups of rays pointing in four directions, is painted on ceremonial vases, drawn on the ground around campfires, and used to introduce newborns to the Sun. Four is the sacred number of the Zia and can be found repeated in the four points radiating from the circle. The number four is embodied in:

* the four points of the compass (north, south, east, and west);

* the four seasons of the year (spring, summer, autumn and winter);

* the four periods of each day (morning, noon, evening and night);

* the four seasons of life (childhood, youth, middle years and old age); and

* the four sacred obligations one must develop (a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit, and a devotion to the welfare of others), according to the Zia's belief.

The symbol is featured on the Flag of New Mexico and in the design of both the New Mexico State Capitol and New Mexico's State Quarter entry as well as the state highway marker. But given its history, the Pueblo would like people to first request permission before using it.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks, Mike, excellent information--yes, I was trying to make a sun symbol. I don't know much about it and didn't have a good example to look at--the one I had was microscopic.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Oh-oh-- I didn't know that about needing permission either. Am I in trouble? Should I paint it over and use something else?

Mike Kline said...

I have been studying information on the Dawes Rolls and I thought the information was interesting. I really liked the painting.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

What about the symbol--should I paint over it?

I loved reading the info you posted.

Mike Kline said...

No! I would leave it just the way it is - super cool. I think they are more concerned with commercial representation etc... It is all over the New Mexico license plate etc...
Awesome just the way it is.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks, Mike, I really appreciate that. (I may use it in a kids' book, would it still be OK?)