New Drawings

"Taurus" - by Todd Powelson

“Taurus” – by Todd Powelson

"Leo" - by Todd Powelson

“Leo” – by Todd Powelson

This last week or two I’ve been doing some drawing, and here is what I’ve come up with. I often just let the drawings kind of reveal themselves to me as I go along, and with these four pieces I started drawing and pretty soon I saw the bull, so I went with it. Then a lion started to appear, so I let that one come on out too. Then I knew what I was drawing, although I wasn’t completely sure why.

The bull, lion, eagle and man often represent the fixed signs of the astrological zodiac… but more than that too. They are also the four different faces of the angelic cherubim, one of whom was the angel who kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden and stands guard over the Tree of Knowledge with his flaming sword. Also, in Christianity, these four animals also represent the Four Evangelists. Thats what came out of my pen this week, although I can’t really say why. I guess I do love symbols, and these are ancient and powerful. Think the three different traditions and their usage of these symbols are connected? I’m pretty sure they are somehow 🙂

"Scorpio" - by Todd Powelson

“Scorpio” – by Todd Powelson

"Aquarius" - by Todd Powelson

“Aquarius” – by Todd Powelson

Lee Bennion & Brian Kershisnik

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by Lee Bennion

By Brian Kershisnik

By Brian Kershisnik

I had the pleasure of seeing some very nice painting this week here in downtown SLC. Specifically the beautiful work of Lee Bennion and Brian Kershisnik on display at the Mormon Church History Museum.

I’ll be honest, I don’t really like church-y stuff. I respect other peoples beliefs completely, but I don’t find any kind of organized religion to be a good fit for me personally so I tend to avoid. Yep, even the Salt Lake religious art museum. I know I live in Utah (and I love it here) so I’m going to come across church-y stuff sort-a regularly, and that’s okie dokie. Whatever floats your boat… plus, there is obviously a long history and so much fantastic religious art. But anyway, I know both Bennion and Kershinik to be very fine painters, and because I love to look at beautiful things I found myself in the official Church Museum®.

I’m very glad I stopped in and saw the pieces I’ve posted here, and many more (again, I apologize that my photos don’t do the work justice).

I’d recommend this show to anyone, so check it out!

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By Lee Bennion

By Lee Bennion

By Brian Kershisnik

By Brian Kershisnik

By Lee Bennion

By Lee Bennion

By Brian Kershisnik

By Brian Kershisnik

By Lee Bennion

By Lee Bennion

Curiouser & Curiouser: The Artwork of James Christensen, Cassandra Barney & Emily McPhie

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By James Christensen

By Cassandra Barney

By Cassandra Barney

I’d been meaning to go and see the artwork of James Christensen, Cassandra Barney and Emily McPhie at the Springville Art Museum for some time, and last weekend I finally made it. It was great to see so much work by this talented family collected in one place!

Rather than write too much more I think I will just post a number of the different pieces I enjoyed. I apologize that my photos don’t do the work justice, but this is a show you should see for yourself anyway 🙂

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By James Christensen

By James Christensen

By Emily McPhie

By Emily McPhie

By Emily McPhie

By Emily McPhie

By Cassandra Barney

By Cassandra Barney

By Cassandra Barney

By Cassandra Barney

By James Christensen

By James Christensen

The Green Man

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osirisI’ve been thinking a lot about plant people and will probably sit down to draw them soon. One of my favorite plant buddies would have to be the Green Man, god of the forest. I’ve already painted him a few times over the years, but yeah, he is starting to play in my imagination once again. This week, I’ve decided to post a few pictures of him throughout history.

2012-ZL-Greenman-WEBI’ve read that the first incarnation of the Green Man (that we know of) may have been the Egyptian god Osiris.  His body representing the land of Egypt as it goes through the winter months when he is murdered, dismembered, planted in the ground, only to rise again for harvest (with his skin a nice shade of green). The Green Man has certainly evolved since then, and has been represented throughout Europe, and even India and Asia to represent the guardian of Nature. Even the Catholic church couldn’t get rid of the Green Man, and his image can be found inside and incorporated into their medieval cathedral’s architecture, columns and stained glass.

green-man-bambergI love the Green Man. Branches and bark on his face and skin, leaves as his hair, with flowers and foliage growing out of his mouth.

I remember being very happy as a kid if he’d show up in one of the books I’d be reading. I may have initially encountered the Green Man the first time I read Tolkien, where the he was embodied by the Ent, Treebeard. I’ve come across him many times since, in comics (Yay Swamp Thing!), literature, artwork, sculpture, and out in the wild wood. He shows up all over the place, and if you keep your eyes open you will see him everywhere!

Some books and things:

The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest

Green Man: The Archetype of Our Oneness with the Earth

A Little Book of the Green Man (Little Books)

The Earth Has a Soul: C.G. Jung on Nature, Technology & Modern Life

Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 1

The Green Man Tree Oracle: Ancient wisdom from the greenwood

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"Fall" by Todd Powelson

“Fall” by Todd Powelson

"Green Man" by Todd Powelson

“Green Man” by Todd Powelson

Hide and Seek

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“Hide and Seek” – by Pavel Tchelitchew

I found myself thinking about Russian Surrealist Pavel Tchelitchew‘s large painting called “Hide and Seek” today. I first came across the original painting many many years ago and was completely mesmerized. Back in college, it was also one of the color plates in a text book for one of my art history classes. One of my favorites, and I looked at it a lot.

I kind of forgot about the picture though, over time. But then today, while walking under some trees, it just suddenly came to mind. And here it is on ArtDuh for all to enjoy.