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.

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

Wisdom Descends

"Wisdom Descends" by Todd Powelson

“Wisdom Descends” by Todd Powelson

Down from the great light spiral She steps,

Spirits great and small follow close behind.

The digital painting (above), called “Wisdom Descends”, was a whole lot of fun to make but took me a very long time to finish. Whew, I’m so glad to see it done, and so happy with how She turned out.

This artwork is based on the old Gnostic story of Sophia. I’ll admit, the story has evolved and changed in my own mind and imagination, but its still heavily inspired by those original Gnostic thinkers.

For me, in my own personal mythology, Sophia (a.k.a. Wisdom) has come to represent the spirit and life-force of the Earth. She is the Earth, and the Earth is something Her spirit created and stepped down into. The Earth is Her material body, and Her spirit and soul sleeps and dreams us all (plants, animals, people) into being.

I know it probably sounds weird, but this is also something that makes me very happy to think about.

Visually, I wanted to focus primarily on the figure, geometry, color, and abstraction. When I started this piece, I’d planned on filling the background with a whole lot more geometry, pattern and shapes, but as I continued working I liked the idea of just leaving the background pure white. Representing the light Sophia is leaving, in favor of the earth-tones of Her material body. The sky and cloud colored fabric morphs into a celestial wing, and in the geometry of that wing you can see hints of animal (primarily bird) shapes following close behind (click the image above for a larger view).

You can buy this as a high quality 20″ x 10″ or a 40″ x 20″ canvas print through my website by visiting www.toddpowelson.com

This artwork will begin Chapter 4 of my “Songs from the Earth” series, and you can check out the rest of that series by clicking here.

ToddPowelson.Threadless.com

Guitar

“Guitar” by Todd Powelson

BirdOfPrey

“Bird Of Prey” by Todd Powelson

Deer

“Deer” by Todd Powelson

Any old time is a good time to pick up a new t-shirt. But springtime might be the best time. And now, just in time, I’ve opened up my own artist t-shirt shop over on Threadless.

Forget that corporate swoosh, wear some artwork instead!

toddpowelson.threadless.com (or just click an image in this post to be taken it’s t-page)

WinterTrees

“Winter Trees” by Todd Powelson

NatureLooks

“Nature Looks Back At You” by Todd Powelson

Dancer

“Dancer” by Todd Powelson

GreenMan

“Green Man” by Todd Powelson

BlackBirds

“Blackbirds” by Todd Powelson

EighthWorld

“The Eighth World (Sun)” by Todd Powelson

DragonWalks

“The Dragon Walks The Earth” by Todd Powelson

AboutLove

“About Love” by Todd Powelson

WesternCaduceus

“Western Caduceus” by Todd Powelson

Dragon

“Dragon” by Todd Powelson

Wolf

“The Wolf” by Todd Powelson

Surface

“Every Surface Will Break” by Todd Powelson

Wings Across the West

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This last Thursday HawkWatch International held their annual event, Wings Across the West. I was hoping to get more photos of the beautiful birds but, because I arrived a little later than I’d planned, and because there were a lot of people around each bird, I was only able to get a few. I did see many more birds around the room though, including a very large Golden Eagle, a Red-tail Hawk, a Swainson Hawk, an American Kestrel, a Screech Owl, and a Great Horned Owl. I love to see birds! I walk up the surrounding canyons for a couple of hours each day and I see all kinds of birds. It always makes my day. But there is something special about standing just a few feet away from these feathered pals.

hawkwatch.org

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Finally Finished Phoenix!

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I’ve posted some of these individual birds before, but have finally finished the whole image… and here it is. I think of these birds as fiery phoenix, circling around the woman’s head like souls or spirits, or maybe thoughts and ideas. Either way, they are waiting to take shape in this world.

I originally expected the birds to be part of a much larger flock, with maybe 40 or 50 flying around. But I decided that for what I was trying to do here, that was unnecessary. Maybe someday soon I will have my full flock flying around though.

This picture is part of a very large project that I’ll probably be working on for some time. I’ll keep posting my progress. In the mean time, enjoy!

You can click the image for a larger view