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Expectation by Katherine McDaniel

The outside world is colored by our perceptions. That which we find in ourselves we will find in the world around us and vice versa.The more colors we can realize and recognize, the more chance we have to broaden and enlarge our fragile visions and discover common ground. We may find echoes of these colors in other people and in the natural and spiritual world around us. This is synchronicity.

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Out of the Deep Waters by Katherine McDaniel

This painting explores the interconnectedness of the conscious and subconscious, a relationship that produces both life and art. As the self rises like a kite from the unconscious below, many things swim in the depths. The artist seeks out these hidden figures, relying on illumination from outside of himself to allow glimpses of them. But does the subconscious exert control over what the artist creates?

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The Dream of the Green Lady by Katherine McDaniel

Our planet is a complex and beautiful incubator for life. Science has given us the ability to prove what many ancient cultures took on faith: there is energy all around us that is much too small for human eyes to perceive and that energy, that life, is vital to the survival of this planet. We are intimately connected to nature, to the butterflies, bees, animals and plants around us, to invisible forms of life within our own bodies and moving through the air we breathe, the water we drink. If we interfere with the pulse of nature, we are curtailing, perhaps even aborting, that life. We have no idea how the planet will react to protect herself.

Does the Green Lady dream of life, or does life dream of the Green Lady?

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Seductive Fruit by Katherine McDaniel

Knowledge is perilous. The more we become aware of the world around us, the less innocent we become and the more darkness we see and experience, and yet ignorance makes us dangerous to ourselves and the world around us. Good and evil, sorrow, joy and nourishment are all mixed together.

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The Execution of Peace by Katherine McDaniel

Humankind’s aggression threatens reality and the continuation of life itself. The sacrifice of life represented by the archetype of the dying savior and lived out by children, men and women everyday is required not to appease some wrath of God, but because human beings will it to be so. When the civilized and comfortable of the world ignore injustice we contribute to a cataclysm as deadly as a sun gone supernova. I belong to this tribe and you probably do, too. How do we stand against the injustice around us?

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Germination by Katherine McDaniel

For much of the last century, Americans sought to prevent forest fires, unaware that the seeds of many forest trees require fire to germinate. The result is that, in most places, the great trees have not reproduced, but the forest floor has filled in with smaller plants and scrub, as well as the skeletons of old trees as they grow old and fall. In protecting the forest ecosystem from adversity, we were creating a weak forest. In addition to being old and sickly, these forests burn uncontrollably when they do catch fire, because fire takes out the undergrowth first, using the the dry wood of dead trees as kindling.

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Totem by Katherine McDaniel

This drawing is entitled Totem because of its vague resemblance to Native American totems, signs that embody spiritual attributes of a clan, tribe or family. I draw first and find meaning later, so I would love to know what you see.

Totem  © Katherine McDaniel, 2014

Totem
© Katherine McDaniel, 2014

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Metamorphic Fairies by Katherine McDaniel

A set of images created by associative free drawing and named after fairies and mythological beings that I read about in my childhood, when I was an avid fan of Brian Froud and folklore of all kinds. In taking up the pencil with no judgments and no training, I was able to tap into my subconscious for a look at the scenery there. Belief in fairies is no prerequisite for seeing the significance behind them. You can read more here.

Puck A wild, shapeshifting nature spirit with a wicked and unpredictable sense of humor. Ambivalent and untamable, he can help or deceive on a whim.

Puck
A wild, shapeshifting nature spirit with a wicked and unpredictable sense of humor. Ambivalent and untamable, he can help or deceive on a whim and has been known to lead folks astray with echoes and lights at night.

Hyter Sprite These defenders of human children often take the form of Sand Martins (birds).

Hyter Sprite
These defenders of human children often take the form of Sand Martins (birds) and have been known to peck out the eyes of child abusers.

Cu Sith  Fairy dog that appears to carry humans away to the land of the dead. Pronounced coo-shee.

Cu Sith
Fairy dog that appears to carry humans away to the land of the dead. Seeing him is considered a sign of impending death. Pronounced coo-shee.

Faun Impulsive nature spirit, known for its joyous celebration of music, wine and sensuality. It has a goatlike appearance and plays upon a reed flute, named after the nymph Syrinx

Faun
Impulsive nature spirit, known for its joyous celebration of music, wine and sensuality. He has a goatlike appearance and plays upon a reed flute.

Sylph An elemental spirit of water vapor

Sylph
An elemental spirit of water vapor who nourishes the Earth by supplying rain and cleansing the air of impurities.

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2 thoughts on “Artwork

  1. Lovely to see the essence of your subjects revealed with grace and impish spirit.

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