Monday, September 23, 2013

Daniel the shaman

After months of everything going wrong, what happened last week takes the cake.  My house/studio was burglarized.  They trashed everything down to my last bead.  So, I recovered and stashed what  was left of my jewelry supplies and decided to go back to what I love, painting.  It has kept me sane...   During this time, I met the lovely Christina, artist/owner of In-Power Boutique, and her young son Daniel.  I was drawn to his sculptured features and to his hair which is an art form in itself.   They allowed me to use his image.  I work intuitively, and usually about half way into the process, my paintings kind of take over and begin to tell a story.  Here is the story and the painting.

Somewhere into the painting process, Daniel becomes a curandero, a shaman, a healer. The texture on his head, which was put there to lower the value tone, suddenly becomes an alphabet of symbols, messages from his ancestors.  Automatic writings cut across the lower part of the painting with words only Daniel can decipher.  On the lower right section are botanical scribbles, giving Daniel an insight on what "yerbas" (herbs) to use for healings.  In the space behind his profile appear groupings of people.  Who are they?  How did they get there?   And, in the dark area below his neck appear the letters DF, his name is Daniel Fabian.  They were not put there intentionally, and I do not believe in coincidence.   Do you?

Thank you Daniel for the inspiration.