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Mixed Media on Terracotta Colourfix pastel paper 70cm x 50 cm 2012
Oil pastel, coloured pencil, iridiscent ink, acrylics, gold glitter, gold paint, crystals, embellishments.
Original not available. Private collection.

A lot of thought, inspiration & design went into this piece and I experimented with various mediums which worked together well.
I used a variety of mixed media as well as real opal crystals which were given to me by a friend years ago who found them at Lightning Ridge. It is interesting to note that opals were used by the Australian indigenous shamans in their dreamtime ceremonies. They are a perfect match for the painting.

The traditional colours of red, black & yellow of the Aboriginal people stands out in this painting which also depicts the fragility of Mother Earth, her hidden (masked) wisdom & the secrets of life, as she holds a precious drop of water & seed from the tree in her hand. The Boab tree represents female fertility & nourishment.

Grey & bronze hair flows out from her left (feminine) side, representing old age & wisdom. On her right side the masculine rainbow serpent seeks new paths of creation across the landscape. I have given this work a bit of an Art Nouveau feel for something different with some gold to portray the richness of youth & wealth of the earth.

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louisegreen, boab tree, tree of life, feminine divine, goddess, mother earth, aboriginal goddess, rainbow serpent, dreamtime, art nouveau, earth goddess, earth mother, mother nature, painted dreams studio, louise green, aboriginal diva

Equine artist working in pastel, oils & acrylics – specialising in the romantic Friesian horse & magical Gypsy Cob. I also like to paint landscapes, unicorns & fantasy. I live on a farm surrounded by native animals & birds, horses, cattle, a few sheep & 3 dogs with my partner based on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Commissions accepted worldwide.

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  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeabout 2 years ago

    I love this work. A beautiful symbolic work Louise.

  • Many thanks Anthea:-)

    – louisegreen

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 2 years ago

    This is really different than I accustomed to seeing from you, Louise. It’s an immediately captivating design.

  • Hi Fran – yes it is different for me. This was created especially for a competition – going with a particular theme & unique Australian flair. As I was drawing it up, the design seemed to change, so I went with it. I have had some ideas in mind for quite some time to use crystals in my work, so this is the start of something new & exciting for me.

    What was originally going to be a pastel & watercolour work turned into a mixed media experimentation which flowed together beautifully. Instead of the soft pastels which are a favourite medium, I went back to oil pastels, which I used to paint with as a child…..even using some of those pastels I still have from many years ago – not to mention the beautiful iridescent pastels that are available now. As a result this work seems to change colour in the light.

    Returning from a recent trip away to a different part of Australia has inspired my work to take a new direction lately, I was influenced by the landscape, trees & new experiences.
    There is more of this type of work to come, I currently have another sketched up waiting to be completed.

    Glad you like it, thanks for the fav;-)

    – louisegreen

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanabout 2 years ago

    Hi,
    What does POA mean??

  • Thank you for your visit Heather.
    (For those interested – Price on Application.)

    – louisegreen

  • Susan Genge
    Susan Gengeabout 2 years ago

    This is a piece that evokes the mysteries of the Divine Mother and the gems of wisdom she may offer to those who seek her wisdom. Do you make the shaman’s journey yourself?

  • Many thanks Susan – yes

    – louisegreen

  • Susan Genge
    Susan Gengeabout 2 years ago

    That experience shows in your work. Hard to capture, but when you do, the art speaks to the soul. Thanks for bringing this to us. S

  • Sheila Laurens
    Sheila Laurensabout 2 years ago

    Very creative Louise – lovely work XX
    Sheila

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago


    July 15th, 2012
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  • sure2010
    sure2010about 2 years ago

    Unique..Different & Interesting …Love it :O)

  • danita clark
    danita clarkover 1 year ago

    so lovely Louise

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