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All We Have Seen

All We Have Seen by K henderson

All We Have Seen, 30 x 40, oil on linen

This Plains Indian has his face painted Blue White. He wears a shell necklace and an elaborate headdress of feathers and beads.

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Chief Charlot American Indian

Chief Charlot by K Henderson

Chief Charlot, 30 x 24, oil on canvas

Chief Charlot, also know as Charlo, Claw of the Little Grizzly, was head chief of the Bitterroot Salish from 1870 to 1910. Here he wears a top hat and frock coat. His face is painted white.

This painting is inspired by a photo taken by Edward H Boos in 1907.

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Vessel of the Soul

Vessel of the Soul by K Henderson

Vessel of the Soul, oil on canvas, 30 x 40

I’ve painted this piece of Southwestern Pottery several times. It’s one of my favorites. I love using strong lights in my still lifes.

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Quills and Cones by K henderson

Quills and Cones by K Henderson
Quills and Cones, 8 x 10, oil on panel

Porcupine quillwork is an art form completely unique to North America. Before the introduction of glass beads, quillwork was a major decorative element used by the peoples who resided in the porcupine’s natural habitat.
In regions where the porcupine was not found, quills generally became a significant trade item.Although it was the practice to use the quills from porcupines, it was not an uncommon practice to use bird quills.
Quills were often dyed red, yellow, green, purple and orange.To get these colors, the quills are soaked in moss, roots, berries, herbs and other plants.

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Vision of Honor – oil painting

Vision of Honor

Vision of Honor is 8″ x 10″, oil on canvas

I’m best known for the way that I paint eyes so I decided to do a series of “Eye Paintings”. These eyes belong to a Warrior painted with blue black paint and a red stripe

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Plains Indian Bladder Bag

bladder bag by K Henderson

Plains Indian Bladder Bag, 10 x 9, oil on board © K. Henderson

In the past, no part of a harvested animal went to waste. Bags like this were made from the bladder of an elk or deer. They could be highly decorated with quillwork and beads and might be carried on a belt. They were used to carry Quills or other small maker supplies and other small objects.

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Wild West!

Wild West by K. Henderson

Wild West!, 36 x 36, oil on linen

 

As I reported recently, I’m painting a series of oils based on the American Indians that preformed in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. I’m using photos from the late 1800’s as my reference and inspiration.

But what would this series be without a painting of Buffalo Bill Cody?

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Purple Coneflowers

Purple Cone Flower by K Henderson

Purple Coneflowers, 36 x 36, oil on canvas

 

I love purple coneflowers. they are one of the few plants that grow fairly well in my dry mountain garden (if I can keep the Elk away!)

They add a nice complimentary color to the basket, blanket and pot

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High Noon

High Noon _K Henderson

High Noon, 20 x 16, oil on canvas

This cowboy is decked out in his hat, scarf, vest, chaps and six shooters.

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Beaded Bag

beaded Bag by K Henderson

Beaded Bag, 12 x 9, oil on canvas

The Plains Indians made beaded bags for several purposes. They made hold mirrors, needles for sewing, paint, or Strike-a-lights for starting fires. Or any other object they wanted to keep safe.

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