Wisdom Rests

"Wisdom Rests" by Todd Powelson

“Wisdom Rests” by Todd Powelson

I finished this new artwork, called “Wisdom Rests” (above), a couple of weeks ago but held off on sharing earlier because I wanted to look a little more, and be sure it was done… and, yep, it is done! I worked on Wisdom Rests every day for a couple of months, and it took a lot of time to complete, but I am so happy to see the new piece.

This artwork is a companion to another recent work, called “Wisdom Descends“, and both are part of my larger series, “Songs from the Earth“. Below is a little ditty I wrote to go with my newest artwork here:

Through the great Dark and shattered Light, She steps.
Onward, toward Her Sun.
His red roar becomes a background hum.
His orange glow warms Her body.
And She rests.

In my new artwork you see the sun as a lion, and the earth as a woman. I am interested in mythology, and humanity has always placed characters from our various mythologies up into the stars and onto the planetary bodies. I want that tradition to continue in my work, and use historic symbols to represent objects in space. By associating the sun, planets and stars with a human and animal form, they suddenly become much more relatable.

This artwork is available for purchase as a limited canvas print through toddpowelson.com.

Pavel Tchelitchew

"Anatomical Painting" by Pavel Tchelitchew, 1946

“Anatomical Painting” by Pavel Tchelitchew, 1946

 

Today I’m going to post a number of paintings by Russian born painter, Pavel Tchelitchew. So awesome, I’d like to post every picture of his that I can find. But, maybe I’ll just add additional posts dedicated to his work later instead.

Love ’em!

"Head of Gold" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“Head of Gold” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

"Green Lion" by Pavel Tchelitchew, 1942

“Green Lion” by Pavel Tchelitchew, 1942

 

"Interior Landscape" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“Interior Landscape” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

"Golden Leaf" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“Golden Leaf” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

"Childhood of Orson" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“Childhood of Orson” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

"Untitled" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“Untitled” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

"Costume" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“Costume” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

"Cave of Sleep" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“Cave of Sleep” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

"The Muscle System" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“The Muscle System” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

Max Ernst’s World of Moss, Fern and Forest

"The Last Forest", by Max Ernst, 1969

“The Last Forest”, by Max Ernst, 1969

Max Ernst is definitely one of my favorite painters, and I especially love his invention and work with grattage. Check these out!

This is the way the things will look when moss, fern and forest cover the human world.

"The Numerous Family", by Max Ernst, 1926

“The Numerous Family”, by Max Ernst, 1926

 

"The Horde", by Max Ernst, 1927

“The Horde”, by Max Ernst, 1927

 

"The Horde", by Max Ernst, 1927

“The Horde”, by Max Ernst, 1927

 

"The Horde", by Max Ernst, 1927

“The Horde”, by Max Ernst, 1927

 

"Swampangel", by Max Ernst, 1940

“Swampangel”, by Max Ernst, 1940

 

"Marlene (Mother and son)" by Max Ernst, 1940

“Marlene (Mother and son)” by Max Ernst, 1940

 

"Epiphany" by Max Ernst, 1940

“Epiphany” by Max Ernst, 1940

 

"The Stolen Mirror" by Max Ernst, 1941

“The Stolen Mirror” by Max Ernst, 1941

Owl

"Barn Owl" by Todd Powelson

“Barn Owl” by Todd Powelson

I was asked if I’d come up with some new artwork for HawkWatch International, a raptor and environmental conservation group. I love HawkWatch and the work they do, so I said “Sure!”

Here is my new owl artwork. It’ll be screen-printed on t-shirts and other apparel, and should be available soon through HawkWatch International‘s website. I’ll post an update once it is, but in the mean time, I hope your eyes enjoy!

www.hawkwatch.org

Rattlesnake & Butterflies

"Rattlesnake & Butterflies" by Todd Powelson

“Rattlesnake & Butterflies” by Todd Powelson

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about serpents, how I’d been seeing them regularly, and how they’d laid eggs in my imagination that were waiting to hatch. And finally, one of those ideas was born in this new artwork.

I’d decided on how I would show the snake in my work, the basic composition and posture (I guess snakes have posture too, ha!) shown above, with it sort of looping back on itself. Then, about a week or so ago when I was out on one of my many walks, I saw this large snake crossing my path about eight feet up ahead of me. It saw me too, decided to turn around, looped back on itself, and slithered back the way it came. Basically showing me what I had been seeing in my minds eye already. I started working on this new artwork the next day.

Did I mention the butterflies in my first “Serpent” post, where I tried to describe my rattlesnake encounter? I don’t think I did, but they were there. Butterflies flying all around, above that rattlesnake in the grass. Beautiful.

This is my first piece, but I’m sure snakes will show up again in my artwork. Yep, my first of many digital-snake-drawings. But I like this artwork so much I’ve decided to put it on a t-shirt so I can wear it up in the hills and say to those snakes, “Yo! Check it out”. And, check this out, you can get one of these t-shirts too: toddpowelson.threadless.com/designs/rattlesnake-butterflies

Bugs!

"La Sauterelle", 1942, Etching with aquatint

“La Sauterelle”, 1942, Etching with aquatint

Cool, I had never seen these insects or spider by Pablo Picasso. I’m-a going to save these right here…

"La Libelule", 1942, Etching with aquatint

“La Libelule”, 1942, Etching with aquatint

 

"L'Araignee", 1942, Etching with aquatint

“L’Araignee”, 1942, Etching with aquatint