Sacred Ceremony

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

Leona Preston

This is the first piece in a series of artwork that I hope to work on over an (uncertain) period of time. Featuring anthropomorphic characterisations of North American wildlife and influenced by Native American Indian craft and culture, I hope to compile a ‘portfolio’ (at the moment titled ‘Native Spirits’) that will eventually go on sale. I remember mentioning a while back now in my Livejournal, that this portfolio aims to go by a ‘spiritual, folklore and matters of the heart’ kind of theme. The art direction is something different to what I usually do, and this is actually quite a leap for me. I don’t usually concern myself over consistency in style, yet a portfolio of work should really have a familiar feel throughout. I’ve also paid painful attention to the element of realism here… the characters are not my usual ‘animal head on human body’, and I’ve reviewed the anatomy so as to give the impression of evolved beings (with opposable thumbs!) I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m either a nerd, or I’ve been reading too much into Darwin lately. Btw, I have always had an avid interest in Native American history, culture, craft and so on (sometimes maybe too much; I stink the house out with sage and my coyote-scalp dream catcher supposedly freaks people out with it’s ‘eerie stare’) and I hope that these works will reflect this interest and be enjoyed by others. Depending on how long it takes, I may just do African and Celtic (British and European wildlife) versions too. Back to the actual art (blah, blah), a coyote performs a sacred smudging ceremony with bound sage bundle and feather fan. I’m a sucker for feathers. The picture perhaps came out a little too red/orange, but I’m not complaining too much… honest! Artwork © Leona Preston


Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy



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