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Ursa and the Moon Signed Print

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There was one sentence in the book that caused an image to immediately appear to me. It told of the Germanic goddess Ursa who would carry the moon across the sky in her silver boat. I had to paint it and soon started its planning! While I was drawing the composition I remembered four-thousand-year-old Scandinavian rock carvings of boats I had seen. With a little research, I found that one of these boats had been excavated. The boat in this painting is derived from this design. After the painting had begun a Northern saw-wet owl visited us just outside our kitchen window. That little fellow was perfect for the back of her boat. In Africa, where I grew up, at dusk, the swallows would swoop and dive all over our yard as they chased after flying termites. I loved their forked tails and speed and ever since have felt a special connection to these little spitfires. They were the perfect escort for Ursa in her silver boat.

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This is an authentic piece of art created, printed, and signed by the artist using the highest quality archival paper and ink.
 
8" x 10" Signed Print: Image Size: 8" x 10", Paper Size: 9" x 11 7/8": $48 + Free Shipping in the USA!
 
 If kept out of direct sunlight this print will last for over 75 years.
 
 Printed on 51lb Ultra Premium Matte paper.
                             
Shipped in an envelope.
 
Your satisfaction is guaranteed! If you are not satisfied with the product please return for a refund excluding shipping. Contact me within 14 days of delivery and ship items back within: 30 days of delivery. I don't accept cancellations but please contact me if you have any problems with your order.  Conditions of return: Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value. 

Ursa and the Moon

One of the traditions I like to partake in with my wife is to visit the book section of our local thrift store. There is a certain element of excitement perusing the books in their sometimes haphazard piles. Every time I imagine myself finding a real blockbuster. I'm not sure what it will be, but I'll know it when I see it. Some months back I scored, big time. I found a book titled: "The Dancing Goddesses, Folklore, Archaeology, and the Origins of European Dance". 

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The title appealed to me on so many levels. I am fascinated by mythology, archaeology, history and so many of my paintings involve dance or the female goddess archetype. Wow! I couldn't wait to read it and was not disappointed. To my surprise birds were involved with the origin of dance. This gave me even greater delight as I not only paint birds but also female dancers with feathers surrounded by birds. I was somehow tapping into this ancient tradition without knowing it.
The book tells the story of how European dances started as fertility rituals thousands of years ago in western Eurasia. To our ancestors living in the harsh northern climate, the coming of spring was of the utmost importance. They noticed that the birds would come back in spring and that soon new chicks would be hatching. Crops could be planted and the warmth of the sun gave new vigor to all of the plants and animals. Birds became associated with the fertility of the people and the land. Through ritual dance, the ancients thought they could entice the birds to return and thus bring increased fertility to their women and the land. Young girls and women would dress in very long-sleeved clothing and dance in a way that mimicked the flight of birds. European couple and line dances were created from these archaic traditions.
There was one sentence that caused an image to immediately appear to me. It told of the Germanic goddess Ursa who would carry the moon across the sky in her silver boat. I had to paint it and soon started its planning! While I was drawing the composition I remembered four-thousand-year-old Scandinavian rock carvings of boats I had seen. With a little research, I found that one of these boats had been excavated. The boat in this painting is derived from this design. After the painting had begun a Northern saw-wet owl visited us just outside our kitchen window. That little fellow was perfect for the back of her boat. In Africa, where I grew up, at dusk, the swallows would swoop and dive all over our yard as they chased after flying termites. I loved their forked tails and speed and ever since have felt a special connection to these little spitfires. They were the perfect escort for Ursa in her silver boat.

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The Smooth Fine Art Paper is acid free and is archival. The canvas is acid free with a topcoat for archival longevity. It is archival and certified for 100+ years. All limited edition prints and Bird Blocks are printed with acid free, 100% cotton paper and archival Epson ultrachrome inks. This combination creates a print that will last for over 150 years if kept out of direct sunlight. All paint and supports for originals are archival and of the highest quality.

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