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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Wings of the Night by K Henderson

Wings of Night by K Henderson

Wings of the Night, 30 x 30 oil on linen

 This Plains Indian wears a feathered headdress with ermine tails. His face is painted white with black dots.

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Eagle Medicine by K Henderson

eagle medicine by K Henderson

Eagle Medicine, 12 x 9, oil on canvas.

I’ve been painting some large and complicated paintings lately and felt the need to paint something small.

This is a beaded amulet that would be worn as a necklace or in the hair. It could also be attached to a shield or a shirt. The Eagle talons were used as means to be connected with the eagle who was a messenger to the spirit world.

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Seeks the Sun

Seeks the Sun by K Henderson

Seeks the Sun, oil on linen, 18 x 24

American Indians painted their faces for many reasons: Protection from the sun, ceremonial, personal recognition and others

Here, he wears white paint, white being the color of light, life and the Southeast – where the Sun rises with life-renewing power. The heavy white paint or clay is a prayer for long life.

The lines of flesh represent the straight roads that lead to the Great Spirit

 

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I’ve just Got to be a Cowgirl by K Henderson

I've Just Gotta be  a Cowgirl by K Henderson

I’ve just Got to be a Cowgirl, 20 x 16, oil on canvas

Cowgirls! This painting has cowgirls, a cowboy and a horse (ok, its a mule) . What more could you want in a western painting?

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I Ride an Old Paint

I Ride an Old Paint by K Henderson

I Ride an Old Paint, 18 x 24, oil on canvas

The title of this painting comes from the song written by Woody Guthrie.

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Silver City Marshal by K Henderson

Silver City Marshal by K Henderson

Silver City Marshal, 20 x 16, oil on canvas

This is another painting from my 1880’s Cowboy Series. This shows a typical City Slicker wearing a  derby, silk vest pocket watch and a frock coat. And of course, a pair of Six Shooters.

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Bear Shield Talisman

Bear Shield Talisman by K Henderson

Bear Shield Talisman, 12 x 9, oil on canvas

The Plains Indians would have personal talismans that they could wear as hair ornaments, clothing adornments or hang from their shields, horses, doorways etc.

This painting shows a beaded crystal attached to a shield painted with an image of a bear. This would give the owner the strength and power of The Bear

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Fears Nothing by K Henderson

Fears Nothing by K Henderson
Fears Nothing, 20 x 30, oil on linen

This Plains Indian wears eagle feathers in his hair. Why do American Indians wear eagle feathers?  The eagle flies high and is thought to be a messenger from the heavens or a link between the spirit world and man.The feathers are given to tribal members when certain deeds, such as bravery, are preformed
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Kachina by K Henderson

Kachina by K Henderson

Kachina, 10 x 8, oil on board

On a rare occasion I stray from the Plains Indian culture that I grew up around and depict people and objects form other tribes.

I am told this Maiden Kachina  is associated with the Bean Planting Festival .

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He Seeks the Truth

He Seeks the Truth by K Henderson

He Seeks the Truth, oil on canvas, 9 x 12

 This is the final painting  in my “Eyes” series. The Plains Indian has black and white paint and red beads.

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