Monday, August 23, 2010

Spirit Keeper

This is my entry for the Collage Obsession Challenge where the theme is "Animals". I used a portion of the image provided (Lions), image from (Dover), background from (scrapbookgraphics) and moon (wikimedia).
I have always been fascinated with the relationship between humans and animals -as totems, teachers and spirit guides on our journey. We all have powerful draws to certain animals and we can learn from their characteristics and natural behavior to use in our lives. All cultures seem to carry stories and powerful legends of animal guides and sometimes "shifter" people who can take on their animal guides' persona and become them. This digital collage as in the "Strength" card in the Tarot, shows a woman at peace and unafraid amongst her powerful and majestic animal companions at home in the natural world embodying her deepest roots.

25 comments:

  1. lori, I looked at this for a long time, it is gorgeous!

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  2. Lori, I find your Spirit Keeper to be very moving. Last winter I saw the spectacular film, that had been in Mexico City, called Ashes to Snow. Here is the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSX444hQ5Vo It is a testimonial of the relationship of animals and humans. It is amazing. The music and pictures have stayed in my mind ever since and your image has brought it all back. I hope you have time to view this amazing film.

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  3. Hi Lori this is mega-gorgeous! Beautiful..I love this!!
    The strength card is one of my fave tarot cards becasue it is also aligned with my birthday/leo!! Gorgeous creations..I too love connecting with my animal guides and that special spiritual connection ..so i truly appreciate this post and the beuaty of your words and the art you have cretaed wonderful!
    Yay..that was fun!

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  4. Lori, this is a beautful piece....It looks very complex yet so inviting.....You do tend to want to stare at it.....

    It's amazing to me how we all get such different insights from the same picture...Mine was very literal. It's so interesting to look at the pictures from all the different challenges. I have learned so much and I always look forward to yours...

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  5. This is a very lovely creation! Very subtle and peaceful... :)

    -pamela

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  6. This is so beautiful! A work of art!!

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  7. Wow this is very impressive Lori.
    The Lion in the background is great. Wonderful layering as always.

    Have a lovely day my friend.

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  8. This is so spiritual. Both your words and your art left me breathless.

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  9. Bonjour Lori ! Magnifique interprètation du thème ! c'est très beau commes d'habitude !
    Amicalement Mary.KG

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  10. Hi Lori, another gorgeous and intriguing piece. You always make such beautifully atmospheric pieces, you are inspirational
    hugs June xx

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  11. Lori; this takes me deep within! I love it!

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  12. Gorgeous and very intriguing. You always convey such a sense of mystery in your art, and you show us glimpses of the paths between the natural and spirit worlds.
    I could look and look at this, then look again.
    Brava!

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  13. You really take my breath away Lori! Such a deeply spiritual piece. Gorgeous work as always.xx

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  14. I popped over from Mythological Beasties and Co and lost my heart to your work. I am speechless but a new admirer.

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  15. Geez I love your work...it is soo beautiful.

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  16. Very spiritual piece. It speaks to your soul. Like it a lot

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  17. It's gorgeous Lori! You've got such talent. :)
    Holly

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  18. I think that people who study animals and animal behavior are finding that animals are smarter than we think and many species have feelings and care for each other and their offspring.. so there is a strong connection to us humans.

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  19. Lori, I love this piece; it's breathtaking. Your words add so much depth to your art. I love reading the stories and inspiration behind your work. This makes me want to delve deeper into my Tarot deck. Thank you!

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  20. Fantastic, love the mystic look and the lion.

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  21. What am amazing atmosphere you have created here Lori. You are so in control of this art form.....great work :-)

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  22. Lori this is beautiful and powerful. I love the mystical and ancient feel of it. I also love your reference to animal guides. The courage tarot card is one of my favorites. Although I'm a Pisces I am also a Tiger (in Chinese astrology) and very drawn to cats of all kind.

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  23. Oh wow, this is amazing, Lori! So extraordinary and mysterious. You should frame this and put on the wall!

    Thank you for joining the challenge!

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  24. This piece is fantastic and mystical Lori! I like how you blended everything together so seamlessly.

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