War Paint – October 1 2011 – Aaron Paquette

Breath of Life by Aaron Paquette
Breath of Life

Mixed Media on Canvas

2011

 

If you look closely in the background of this piece you will see various plants and animals carved into the cave wall. I was thinking about the process of creation, of how we think something into reality, be it a painting, an experience, a song, or our lives.

I thought of the Shaman; of the Medicine Woman; the Visionary. I had a dream once of a world where the wise ones had to paint the seasons or they wouldn’t come. They would watch the stars, listen to the wind, observe the animals and when the time was right they would sing, dance and paint and the world would turn as it should.

I felt the same thing could be applied to the creation of the planet. Don’t doubt this truth: we create it fresh every day. Every moment we feel it, we think it into the reality that surrounds us. There once was a different dream, a simpler dream, and we all shared it. And it was about sharing. It was about giving thanks to each other and to Mother Earth, Father Sky, our brothers and sisters: the animals.

What dream do we want to dream now? What do we want the world to be for ourselves and for those who come after? What can we be excited about?

What can we be proud of? What will bring us peace? These are the issues that should occupy our days and to which our energies should be bent.

What will we breathe our dreams into?

 

To what will we give the Breath of Life?

 

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War Paint

An exhibition of new works by
Aaron Paquette
Opening Reception on Saturday, October 1, 2011
with the artist in attendance
from 2pm – 4pm
Exhibition continues to October 13

How long have we been at war? How long have we been trying to build these bridges between us? Between cultures, economies, sorrows? How long have we painted masks on our faces, bright colours belying dangerous times?Too, too long.Come stand with me. I live where the war is over. I have painted it. I have painted it so we can see the future. I have painted the beautiful places where we can live instead of dying on the terrible fields of where we have been. Come lay down your burdens and stay awhile, here where you don’t have to be anyone but your self.Take off your masks. It’s safe here, and you are loved. My War Paint is off.

October 1st 2011 – War Paint – Aaron Paquette

Here’s another image from my upcoming show, War Paint, at the Bearclaw Gallery in Edmonton on October 1. If you’re not in town, the Bearclaw Gallery will post images this week on their site.

Come out to the show if you can. Better yet, fall in love with one of these pieces and take it home! On the practical side, established art is one of the surest investments out there financially speaking. On the spiritual side, art renews and re creates you, opening your mind or giving you a space to let your thoughts wander through unexplored vistas, expanding your peace and your presence. Art is a portal to your own budding creativity.

About this painting:

Secret of the Wolf Dance

Mixed Media on Canvas
20” x 30″
2011

If you go walking the shores of Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park, Canada, you may just come across some wolves. They are not entirely dangerous to humans and will hide rather than confront. But if you are lucky, you will see them before they see or smell you. They may be a distance away but if you look closely you will see them playing. They leap, roll and pounce at each other. It looks like a dance! But if you venture nearer they will melt away into the forest, into their mysterious realms to continue the secret of the wolf dance.

War Paint – New Works by Aaron Paquette

War Paint

An exhibition of new works by
Aaron Paquette
Opening Reception on Saturday, October 1, 2011
with the artist in attendance
from 2pm – 4pm
Exhibition continues to October 13

How long have we been at war? How long have we been trying to build these bridges between us? Between cultures, economies, sorrows? How long have we painted masks on our faces, bright colours belying dangerous times?Too, too long.Come stand with me. I live where the war is over. I have painted it. I have painted it so we can see the future. I have painted the beautiful places where we can live instead of dying on the terrible fields of where we have been. Come lay down your burdens and stay awhile, here where you don’t have to be anyone but your self.Take off your masks. It’s safe here, and you are loved. My War Paint is off.

Thunderbird Woman
36″ x 48″
Mixed Media on Canvas

We hear the Thunderbird in the spring time, calling to us from across the plains, telling us it’s time to begin anew. Things we’ve set aside or neglected, relationships gone stale with hurt silence, or dropping the ball in caring for ourselves or for our community. The things that make us human and give us the chance to become great, these are the things Thunderbird calls out to remind us of. “Rise up! Stand! Speak and do! The time for sleeping is over!” This past spring and summer the nights were filled the call – insistent, refusing to be ignored. Put away the keyboards and screens, resist the call of apathy and strike that lightning inside of ourselves, let the spark of action fill us. Though it always burns right at first it soon becomes a cherished flame. One day we will wake up and it will be our last day on earth. Before then, let’s heed the reminder and live larger than we dreamed before. Let’s listen to the Thunderbird Woman.

Come out to meet award nominated First Nations Metis Artist – Aaron Paquette
Bearclaw Gallery is located at:
10403 – 124st
Edmonton, AB
780.482.1204
info@bearclawgallery.com

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