Friday, March 16, 2007

IF : Total Magic


This is a painting I did for my nephew in New Hampshire. He's a total, undying fan of mine as well as being a very lost soul. I painted this for him because he told me I always drew with him as a kid and I was the one who got him interested in wizards. I totally love that he cherishes that memory.

I've also included the legend I made up to go with the painting. I researched the names and chose ones that I felt fit the painted characters. And if you have a spare moment, please send a "shout out' or a prayer to my nephew who seems to be on a crash and burn collision course. If only these mythical, mystical creatures could guide him.


The Legend of “Jamie’s Wish”

Meet the sorcerer, Earnan, (pronounced Eer-nun) In Scottish, his name means “one of knowledge.”
The white wolf’s name is Mungo, which in Scottish means “my wolf.” The white tiger’s name is Finlay, which in Scottish means “white warrior.”
I chose Scottish names because my Great Grandfather (your Great, Great Grandfather), and my Grandfather (your Great Grandfather) were both wonderful artists and they were born in Scotland. I always honor them because I feel this is where I inherited my talent.

I hope you enjoy this painting for many, many years. I painted it with only you in mind. I first paint the eyes and then I let the images guide me from there. On the next page is an explanation of what the painting portrays.

Lots of love….

Auntie Laurel


Earnan, the sorcerer, holds many powers. He only spreads good and he is totally connected to the “magic in all things.” He is all knowing and believes strongly in the power of the Universe. He carries a scepter with a full moon globe. The moon is a symbol for psychic energy, or the unconscious that holds the secrets of knowledge and wisdom. He connects with the raven tattoo on his palm because he has chosen Raven as his totem guide. In Native American lore, Raven medicine represents self-knowledge, introspection, wise in oracles and omens, mystery, other-worldly travel, trickster, and a need to make changes in the way you perceive things.
He has chosen two companions, a young white tiger named Finlay, and a young white wolf named Mungo. Tiger medicine represents passion/sensuality, silent solitary power, heightened sense of touch, and valor. Wolf medicine represents pathfinder for the human spirit, knowledge, teaching skill, helping in finding the life-path, loyalty, cooperation, free spirited, mating for life, facing death with dignity, perseverance, fighting only when necessary, and taking advantage of change.
Earnan, Finlay and Mungo believe in the magic. They are the magic. Let them be your guides in the areas of life they represent and you will believe in the magic too.

acrylic on canvas....click to bring the magic closer to you!





50 comments:

  1. OMG Laurel, what a great picture. So strong and imaginitive. I shouted for your nephew too.

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  2. since i cant choose can i have em both delivered
    animals that is the wizzard can stay

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  3. I'm so sorry about your nephew, I hope he's fine. Your painting is beautiful and magic, maybe, as you say, they can guide him.

    cabanadigital.com

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  4. Wonderful painting. Your nephew is very fortunate to have an aunt like you. His age can also be a factor in his place in the world right now. I don't know if this helps, but I'm participating in the Artist's Way currently and find it to be very inspiring, uplifting, and also simple to use with many ways to reconnect with yourself. My best goes out to him and thanks for creating and posting such fine work (I need to link you to my blog, but I currently have no internet service thanks to the ice storm--currently using a library computer). Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. Yes magical painting!
    Good wishes for your nephew

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  6. Beautiful painting!!! Great work!

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  7. A big shout-out to your nephew... Hope he's ok..

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  8. Beautiful and mystical painting Laurel! I love the magic coming out of his fingertips and nails! Hopefully your nephew will come out of his haze and see the other side...

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  9. Hei! Very nice blog, I like a lot all of your works. :)

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  10. OOoh! Awesome! I love the painting, and the story too! Lucky Jamie!

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  11. wow, your nephew must be really happy! great painting!

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  12. Earnan need to give Sigrfied & Roy their tigers back! Seriously- beautiful work & stories. My heart goes out to your nephew.

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  13. Laurel, I enjoyed the story behind the painting and I will include your nephew in my meditation prayer, sending him healing energy. I love the intensity in the animal's eyes, they speak clearly and powerfully. It's quite interesting to discover Earnan the sorcerer tonight, because I was just at a house for a sing-along, that is decorated with purple walls, gold stars, moons and suns. A very magical and unsual decor. It's funny what messages of "magic" are available to us, if we are open. I hope Jamie opens up to them soon. ~M

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  14. Thanks to all of you for your 'shout outs' and prayers for Jamie. I appreciate all of you.
    Michelle...how wonderful you went to that moon and stars house and then read my blog. What a connection! Let's keep the magic going everyone! ~lolo~

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  15. Hi Laurel! Thanks for the comments on my blog. What a nice heartfelt illustration, and compassion towards your nephew. I too at times look to the Wolf and Raven for insight. I know crows are not exactly ravens, but I really love crows too. I had one squawking at me from across the wash behind my place yesterday. Judging from all the kind words posted here, I think your nephew may feel some of the healing power of our energies.

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  16. What a wonderful Aunt you are! I will definitely keep your nephew in my prayers. Beautiful work!

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  17. awesome wizard! i likes the white tiger. hes my favorite

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  18. Wonderful painting, made for a good reason. :) Your nephew will be in my prayers...

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  19. wow, like the story and the illo. ;-)

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  20. I love those animal-eyes! Great effects!

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  21. hello :o) super idea :o)) Best Wishes,
    Issi

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  22. Great stuff, just like the wizards I imagined as a child, I particularly like smoke coming from his fingers.

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  23. wonderful! total magic illo, it´s true :)

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  24. This is magical, Laurel. What a great gift and how nice that he has those fond memories of drawing with you.

    Thanks for your kind words about my Grandma and for clicking on my Julian Velard link. :)

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  25. HEY looove your illo friday. No not from mass...but found this receipt and HAD to use it...its an old hotel bill and to delicious not to use!

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  26. What a wonderful gift your nephew is getting!
    [thanks for your wonderful complement you gave on my blog]

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  27. The story is engrossing and the painting is wonderful. I wish that they exixt even beyong your creation of them-out to the world. So much good magic here, and I'll say a prayer for your nephew. He's got you pulling for him, so in that way, he's a lucky man.

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  28. Hi Laurel,

    Thanks for your nice comments on my blog and for sharing your friends website. The pottery is just gorgeous!! Thanks again!

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  29. Great illustration. You're one cool aunt, Laurel!!

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  30. Laurel, I love all the symbolism and animal medicine! Especially the rich colors. We have a wolf guide I can now call Mungo :) So inspiring.

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  31. Love the whimsical feel to this. Nice!

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  32. Very magical. It's really wonderful when one can communicate with their artwork, especially if it's to foster a relationship that's already there. Good luck with everything.

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  33. Wow. My daughter has a tiger like yours on the end of her bed. A protector; and he does his job fabulously.
    This is lovely.

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  34. i liked the stroy that went along with the painting! A very good painting!

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  36. What a great aunt you are. I really like the story that goes along with thhis. And I love that we both did our themes with wizards. How cool is that?

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  37. Very magic, enchants the details to me in the coat of the animals. Thanks to visit my blog.

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  38. sorry to hear bout your nephew. love this one! truly magical!

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  39. Love the eyes and the tiger is especially beautiful. All the thought and research you put into this really shows through.

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  40. The painting is really wonderful... and I send my best to your nephew. You are a loving aunt, very special :)

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  41. i fixed the comments thingy on my "total" entry. don't know how (or if) i turned them off in the first place. anyway, great stuff, once again!

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  42. Wow Laural, another very nice and also 'inspirational' piece of work. A prayer that the connection between You, the Wizard, and your nephew is strong and that wisdom and understanding comes his way. St. Cloud

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  43. Nice story (hooray for wizards)! I hope that your newphew is doing well.

    (Also, happy birthday to your litte Emma-pup.)

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  44. Thanks again everyone! Wow...a week of prayers and 'shout outs' for my nephew. I'll print them out and mail them to him!
    St. Cloud...thanks for stopping by Albert :)

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