Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ancient Influences

Ancient Influences
Palaeolithic-style Rock Painting
by Lynne Gerard

Paleolithic art is a silent touch from distant ancestors, their marks a reminder of our own vitality and mortality, a prompter to savour our present in this ancient arena of life...A seer throws the old ivory carvings, kneels, and reads them thoughtfully: "They say, 'Wake up, you are on; we have had our time and this is yours.'"  She smiles and -- I thought she was mocking, but perhaps not -- goes on to say that the truly good message from Paleolithic art is "that one would be wise to play: play physically, play mentally, and, above all, play artfully."  (from THE NATURE OF PALAEOLITHIC ART by R. Dale Guthrie)

This is a special time!  Summer wanes and autumn begins to assert itself with all the marvellous variety of fragrances and colours that one season yielding to another generates.  Foot traffic in the gallery is reduced and the constant necessity of printing and assembling my handmade greeting cards is not so intense.  This in-between seasonal magic provides me the opportunity to rekindle my love of painting on the amazing rock "canvases" that I collect from the Ravenseyrie beach along Lake Huron's North Channel.   I have written just a little about my exploration in rock paintings in these blog entries:  Rocks That Speak,  Signature, Seal, Chop and Influenced by Love and Familiar Forms.  In today's journal entry, I thought I would share some recent rock paintings I've completed and put in the gallery.

First I will share the information card that accompanies every rock painting I sell and tells a bit about how I go about making these paintings:

Here is a snapshot of what my little rock painting station looks like:

"It is very possible that the paintings would have become mediators between an art reflecting the visible world and another world, which, though supernatural, was nevertheless present in people's daily lives."  (from The Cave of Altamira by Pedro A. Saura Ramos, excerpt from the essay by Antonio Beltrán)

And now some images of the recent works:

Whitefish Glissando
by Lynne Gerard

Her Ancient Soul
by Lynne Gerard

Her Ancient Soul

Her Ancient Soul

Perfect Poise
by Lynne Gerard

Perfect Poise

Perfect Poise
Perfect Poise
by Lynne Gerard

"The cave painters may or may not have had the idea of art as we understand it, but when they chose to draw an appealing line instead of an awkward one, they were thinking and acting like artists trying to create art in our sense of the word.  That's why it's valid for us to respond to the cave paintings as art and not merely as archaeological evidence, although they are certainly that as well."  (from THE CAVE PAINTERS / Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists by Gregory Curtis)

Shamanic Cat
by Lynne Gerard

Shamanic Cat

Mythic Undercurrents
by Lynne Gerard

Mythic Undercurrents

A Raven's Aura
by Lynne Gerard

Chickadee and Wind
by Lynne Gerard

Trout Enthusiasm
by Lynne Gerard

 "In Paleolithic art, horses dominate.  In some spots, they can be outnumbered by bison, deer, or even rhinoceroses - or felines at the very beginning, in the Chauvet Cave - or much later, the mammoths at Rouffignac.  Nonetheless, horses are numerous, no matter the styles, techniques used, period, and region.  The subject of the horse to some extent forms the basis of parietal art."  (from THE SHAMANS OF PREHISTORY / Trance and Magic in the Painted Caves by Jean Clottes and David Lewis-Williams

I will leave you with a 16 second video clip giving a better view of "Ancient Influences", which is painted on a most intriguing stone.  (patience, may take a little time to ready itself for playback.)


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Only So Much

There is only so much a gal can do.

A poem unfinished.
Photos without identifiers.
I am tired, and so is July...

After the tourists leave, after I regain my strength and motivation, I will do better.

Civilization, oh you overrated human construct!
Holding up your achievements like a megalomaniac
Creating an Other
Which did not before exist
Which, even now does not exist 
Except in adulterated mindsets.

Utterly self-centred
Raping and pillaging the earth -like no other creature has done before
Your pangs of regret have you thinking
You can make amends
You can Fix what... 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sorraia Bachelor Stallions

Capaz and Legado!

"Bachelors are interesting since they present opportunities to examine ontogenetic pathways through which skills are developed and the possible importance of such skills in acquiring their first harems." --Joel Berger from Wild Horses of the Great Basin / Social Competition and Population Size

Capaz shows some of his skills to Legado and Jerry

Since the spring of 2013, our Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve restructured its participation in the preservation of the Sorraia and Sorraia Mustang horses by suspending active breeding and relocating the females to an offsite range.  Circumstances underlying these changes have been discussed in archived journal entries and will not be revisited in today's blog, nevertheless our interest and support for these horses remains strong as we continue to safeguard these important genetic treasures and provide them suitable wilderness habitats to live as autonomously as possible.

Ravenseyrie Mares

Our eight females:  Bella, Belina, Zorita, Fada, Pinoteia, Esperanda, Altavida and Rija continue to thrive on the Twinravens range and I will devote a future blog entry to their dynamics as an "all girl" group.  For today's journalling we will be taking a look at the way the Ravenseyrie bachelor stallions are conducting their affairs as spring invigorates their environment with voluptuous greenery and raises their testosterone levels in ways that provoke shifts in their relationships with one another.

Our cast of equine characters that presently dwell with us at Ravenseyrie are:

Jerry - an aged domestic bred sorrel draft mule gelding

Zeus - an aged domestic bred sorrel Thoroughbred gelding

Altamiro - a purebred Portuguese Sorraia stallion, born in Germany at the Wistenhenge zoological park

Interessado - born at Ravenseyrie sired by Altamiro and born to Ciente (Sorraia Mustang of Kiger lineage), regrettably gelded as a 3yr old

Silvestre - born at Ravenseyrie, full brother to Interessado, regrettably gelded as a 2 year old

Legado - born at Ravenseyrie, sired by Altamiro and born to Zorita (Portuguese Sorraia x Sorraia Mustang of Sulphur Springs lineage)

Fidalgo - born at Ravenseyrie, sired by Altamiro and born to Belina (Sorraia Mustang of Spanish lineage)

Gosto - born at Ravenseyrie, sired by Altamiro and born to Bella (Sorraia Mustang of Spanish lineage)

Destemido - born at Ravenseyrie, sired by Interessado and born to Fada (Portuguese Sorraia x Sorraia Mustang)

Capaz - born at Ravenseyrie, sired by Interessado and born to Pinoteia (Portuguese Sorraia x Sorraia Mustang)

Sedutor - born at Ravenseyrie, sired by Altamiro, full brother to Legado

Ousado - born at Ravenseyrie, sired by Altamiro, full brother to Gosto

Last spring, the stallions severely attacked Zeus, necessitating pulling him off the range and creating a separate pasture for him to live out his life without fear of further malicious bullying.  So far, the draft mule, Jerry, continues to hold his own among the feisty studs out on the range and while some of the young guys harass him, he remains unscathed and is often a chosen grazing mate by several of the bachelors.

Legado, Jerry and Capaz

The former distinct "play fighting" that the younger stallions engaged in has given way to more serious sparring and the number of nicks, scrapes and surface wounds attest to the intensity of these encounters.  No longer childs'-play, these "discussions" appear to be compulsive, highly physical activities that take the measure of oneself as well as feeling the physical capacity and state of mind of the others.  Liaisons are loose, fragile affairs as every handful of days there appears to be a reorganization of who is chumming up with who and who is keeping themselves apart.

Two weeks ago, during one of the frequent shows of aggression, Silvestre sustained a nasty gash over his rear canon bone.  It continues to heal very well and Silvestre has been keeping away from the more rambunctious boys during this healing time.  In the last few days, Silvestre has been joined by Interessado, Altamiro and Fidalgo - all who seem to want a little less frenetic pace and do their best to avoid interacting with the other guys for now.

Silvestre and Fidalgo

Silvestre's wound

Those other guys - Capaz, Legado, Sedutor (the main instigators of fractious interactions) are most of the time grazing in the same sector as Gosto and Ousado.  Destemido continues to feel the need to stake a claim to the area outside of the fenced holding pasture where Zeus has been living.  Destemido will fly into the group of others for lightning quick shows of force - like a mad hornet!  Hard to believe he is the smallest one of the bachelors and is missing an eye!  The most interesting change has been in Capaz.  As a young colt, he was pot-bellied and seemed slow moving and slow witted - how wrong that impression has turned out to be.  Capaz is perhaps the feistiest of all the bachelors!

I've put together a new video documenting the dynamic discussions these stallions have been having. Thanks to the talent and generosity of a young Portuguese composer, BrunuhVille, the video has a wonderfully fitting soundtrack.  I hope you enjoy this window into world of Sorraia bachelor stallions living on a beautiful island in northern Ontario.

"He's not so big as imagined and his coat has never felt a groom's brush, yet the sight of him quickens your blood and lights visions in the mind." --L. Edward Purcell from his book, Wild Horses of America