Saturday, January 16, 2010

Trickster

I love ravens and I really enjoy painting them. My latest Painted Pony features a raven on both sides.
Many Native American cultures call the raven the Trickster. The story goes that he created everything but the sun, moon and stars which he stole by tricking the people that possessed them. I painted him on my pony at night. He's just hung the moon and is finishing with the stars. One the one side he has a Swarovski Crystal "star" in his mouth. On the other side he is looking up at a crystal star. The horses eyes are crystals and I've painted a raven feather on the base with another crystal.








I have many tricksters in my yard every day - I call them squirrels! I set out a pumpkin for them to eat and they really seem to enjoy it. Sorry the photos aren't better, I took them from my dining room.






16 comments:

Lisa said...

I love your pony and I enjoyed the story as well. I learned something new. The squirrel pics are adorable - they are indeed little tricksters.

Doug looked at your Pony and said "Awesome". He bought me 3 for Christmas this year. He'd love to see one of yours for sale.

Sonia ;) said...

Wow Jen thats amazing. You are an amazing artist...Love the squirrel pic also.

xoxoxox

Zan Asha said...

I always love it when you paint on these ponies--but you do it so rarely! More please! Hmmm....I love crows, too. I'll have to post about it one day :)

The squirrels are super cute, those rascals!

Sycamore Moon Studios said...

Really beautiful. The native Pacific Northwest cultures have tons of stories about ravens. Owls, too. (Those owls are bad, bad luck!)

Pony Girl said...

I love the raven stories. There is a great one for children~ How Raven Stole the Sun (and gave light to the people.) My class likes to listen to it on story tape, and they love acting it out playing all of the characters.
Your art is truly amazing!

Jennifer Rose said...

lol at the squirrel :D
the pony is really well done! lots of symbolism on it :)

Janine said...

I love your painted pony.
I live in Aachen Germany, there is every year a great riding tournament called CHIO. It is famous, horses and riders came from all the world.
Therefore Aachen as a city of horses, has horsesculptures in the whole city. They are painted and designed in many ways.
You should see that.

Have a great sunday.
Janine

Faerie Moon Creations said...

This piece is astounding! I love ravens, as well. :) Such majestic birds.

That squirrel is too adorable. We haven't seen too many around here as of late. We believe an owl might live on the premises, which would definitely account for the lack of little furry creatures running about.

Lisa Nelson's Art, Bucks County Designs said...

The pony is absolutely gorgeous, Jen!

JeniQ said...

Beautiful!

Rue said...

Beautiful painting! I love crows/ravens! They are very smart and mysterious.

So good of you to feed the critters in the Winter. I cut up some of my pumpkins for the deer - they seemed to enjoy them too!

Sares said...

Beautiful horse, and story to go with it. Your squirrels look very pesky, but very very adorable!

Angie @ Ranch Dressing said...

Another good one! I tend to love pesky animals.

phaedra96 said...

Painted Pony is beautiful!! I so wish I could buy them all!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

That painted pony is an amazing piece. Wow. I love the little or should I say chubby squirrel pics too.

Tribal Horse Designs said...

your raven horse is beautiful!!!