There are so many layers beneath this painting…. so many ways it came in and out of being. So many hidden shapes, hidden colors.
But that spirit figure… see her? She remained throughout.

She wouldn’t be hidden by the layers.

Always she was there.

Always she is there.

And then the cranes came, revealing themselves, emerging out of a cloud…..

It’s as if she channeled them, imagined them into being.

Or perhaps they channeled her….

 

Their Wings Fill My Heart with Prayer — crane painting, iii, by New Mexico artist Dawn Chandler

 

Their Wings Fill My Heart with Prayer — crane painting, iii, detail 01 — mixed media painting celebrating sandhill cranes by New Mexico artist Dawn Chandler

 

Their Wings Fill My Heart with Prayer — crane painting, iii, detail 02 — mixed media painting celebrating sandhill cranes by New Mexico artist Dawn Chandler

 

Their Wings Fill My Heart with Prayer — crane painting, iii, detail 03 — mixed media painting celebrating sandhill cranes by New Mexico artist Dawn Chandler

 

(If you’re wondering about the writing — where all the words come from — they come from the pages of my own journals, my poems, my memories, dreams, reflections…)

 

Their Wings Fill My Heart with Prayer — crane painting, iii, detail 04 — mixed media painting celebrating sandhill cranes by New Mexico artist Dawn Chandler

 

Their Wings Fill My Heart with Prayer — crane painting, iii, detail 05 — mixed media painting celebrating sandhill cranes by New Mexico artist Dawn Chandler

 

Their Wings Fill My Heart with Prayer — crane painting, iii — mixed media painting celebrating sandhill cranes by New Mexico artist Dawn Chandler

 

Their Wings Fill My Heart with Prayer ~ by Dawn Chandler
mixed media collage on panel ~ 16″ x 12″
This painting is available here.


 

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Blessings ~

Dawn Chandler

 

a crane family flying across a December sunset at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge; photo by New Mexico artist Dawn Chandler

 

 

photocollage of New Mexico artist Dawn Chandler's cranery imagery