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.

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.

eARTh @ the Urban Art Gallery

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I’m very happy to let ya know that my artwork will be on display at the Urban Arts Gallery, in downtown Salt Lake at the Gateway. The show opens Tuesday, April 5th and runs through the end of the month. There will also be a reception Gallery Stroll eve on Friday, April 15th at 6pm. I’ll be there and would love to meet you.

I’m so happy to be included in this group show. Although I’ve exhibited a few pieces here and there, these last 2+ years I’ve been more focused on making new artwork. Pretty much all of my work on display will be newer work, made during that time. Although I’ve shared my artwork here on ArtDuh and Facebook, now you’ll be able to see my new work in person! New artwork like my First World, Second World, Wolf, Nature Looks Back At You, Bird Of Prey, Seventh World, and Eighth World.

Stop on in and check it out! Here is a little more information:

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Presenting works inspired by our relationship to the natural world. Featuring Alex Hall, Brooklyn Ottens, Carol Berry, Craig Fisher, Mike Jensen, Todd Powelson, and William Cannon.

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Sunday 12-6pm
Call us 801-230-0820

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Located at 137 S. Rio Grande St. You’ll find the Urban Arts Gallery at the south end of The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City, under the bridge by the Megaplex theater. Recommended parking in the Summer Lot or taking the UTA Trax to the Planetarium or Arena stations.

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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!

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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

The Eighth World

"The Eighth World" by Todd Powelson

“The Eighth World” by Todd Powelson

I’m a pretty big mythology nerd. Always have been, I guess. Even now it informs how I understand the world around me and my place in it. Mythical stories often present us with the personification of different aspects nature and natural forces, and I relate to that very well. Not because I take myth for literal truth, but because I believe myth can point us toward elusive “truth”, and help us understand nature and our history a little better.

I’m a bit of an animist too… well, more than just a bit… I walk through the world and see everything is alive and part of a vast living system. We’ve been taught in this post-Newtonian world that we live in a giant clock-work. A vast and complicated machine, and in a lot of ways this modern world wants us to believe we are also just some sort of bio-machines as well. But I don’t see it that way at all.

I look up to the Sun and see this giant living being. Different than me. Incomprehensible maybe, moving through and interacting with the larger Universe in a way I’ll probably never understand, but still alive.

That’s what my artwork here is trying to show.  This is Sól, Helios, or Ra… a.k.a. the Sun. And like Ra was known to do, the Sun helps create and nourish all life here on our living planet Earth.

It’s the Sun, but the firebirds are also an important part of the image. Maybe they are souls and spirits being forged in, or maybe simply passing through, the Sun. New life traveling from the Sun out into the larger solar system. I do know that the firebirds, together with the Sun, also represent the seven classical planets of the ancient world to me. And for me, that is The Eighth World.

You can buy this as a high quality 24″ x 16″ canvas print over at toddpowelson.com, or by emailing me at toddpowelson (at) comcast.net .

This is part of my “Songs from the Earth” series, and you can check out the rest of that series by clicking here.

The Wolf

by Todd Powelson

by Todd Powelson

My artwork (above) will be hanging in the Springville Art Museum’s upcoming 30th Annual Spiritual & Religious Exhibition. The show opens this week on November 18th, with an opening reception that same night from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, and will hang until January 12, 2016.

In addition to myself, there are many other talented artists who will also have their work hanging, like my sister and brother-in-law, Tonya & Steve Vistaunet, Jeffrey Hale, Brian Kershisnik, Justin Wheatley, and many other artist that I look forward to meeting. I’m happy to be included. Stop in and check it all out!

My piece is pretty much based on the old Norse myth of the great wolf Sköll eating the sun. I’ve thought a bit about that story over the years and mulled it over in my imagination since I first read it as a little kid. This is also the first piece from my series, Songs from the Earth.

The Wolf
Was the end and a beginning.
Running free and wild,
He leapt and grabbed the
Sun between His fierce teeth.
Laughing as He chewed, flames flutter.
Firebirds spread their wings,
Streaking like comets
Across the sky.

I guess I did this artwork in part to remind myself that an act of destruction is also an act of creation. Not only out in the cosmos with the sun and stars, but also on a personal level. It’s hard to remember and see that, but I hope so.

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The Seventh World

"The Seventh World" by Todd Powelson

“The Seventh World” by Todd Powelson

I just finished this new artwork of the dreaming Earth. She is dreaming of the Sun, Moon, and Stars… but mostly She dreams of the clouds and sky, mountains and lakes, green, and ever-changing life.

You can buy this as a high quality 24″ x 16″ canvas print through my website by visiting www.toddpowelson.com

This is part of my “Songs from the Earth” series, and you can check out the rest of that series by clicking here.