I am no stranger to Raven and its mythological stature. I’ve collected stories and sketched the corvus for as long as I can remember. It is no wonder - their omnipresence in folktale stories has an almost divine position in the mythos spectrum. In fact, I included the Inuit trickster story How Raven Brought Light to the World in my The Fairy Tale Tarot.
The Raven did not go away after that. Raven is also part of Winged Enchantment Oracle. Believe it or not, it wasn’t an initial candidate for deck inclusion, but then the author Lesley Morrison and I took pause and realized what a big mistake its omission would be.
While posting progress images of the painting, I saw a flurry of Facebook posts suggesting Raven’s presence. It was as though Raven energy permeated the air! In fact, one of my friends and colleagues told me that she had a dream about ravens after seeing my painting. Raven is that powerful – it has a hypnotic effect on our psyches and represents something deeply profound.
“I am raven, the deep magic from the north. I am the ancient connection between you and the immortal. I am a cataclysm of force, and proof that your world is changing. Watching you from my realm, I must ensure you see the magic, for you may be missing the hidden threads that are binding your experience. There are great things at work. There are manifestations at your feet.” ~Lesley Morrison
Here’s an e-mail exchange I had with my friend Lesley, who is writing the descriptions for the Winged Enchantment Oracle:Me: Hi Lesley: I’m trying to finish up Raven today—probably my most complicated painting yet. It has taken way too long… Lesley: Yes I figured Raven would linger the longest…haha. Me: Why do you suppose it has been taking me so long? I feel so pulled in by its talons, so to speak. It has a spell on me somehow. Lesley: Raven wants to make sure we see every angle. It has been the one description I have had to re-write over and over! I think it’s because Raven works on so many levels.
Indeed! This is a complicated bird that doles out heaps of mystery. While painting Raven-Shapeshifter, I experienced ineffable polarizing energies. On the one hand, it felt chaotic and out of control. On the other hand, the chaos was orderly and part of a larger organized plan. At least that is how I felt as the painter. The goal was to pull it all together, like a Jazz ensemble; the tempo being the foundation that binds all the colors, shapes, and visual sounds together. The art couldn’t be rushed. It had to find its way though the debris of uncertainty until everything harmonized perfectly.
In other studio news:
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