This one has been on the back burner for a few weeks while I did the paintings of Skye in the sky and the bee for the Artfinder project. This is actually Hawk 2.0 as I really didn't like the first version I did which was almost an exact opposite of this one - the background was the night sky and the painting in the hawk was of a sunset behind mountains. I just didn't feel it worked so I scrapped it and started again. And I'm glad I did as I prefer this version.
Technically the photo I used for the outline of the bird is of a kestral and not a hawk but they are both from the raptor family with many similarities so I decided not to split hairs (feathers?). Thank to Aschi on Paint My Photo for his reference photo.
The hawk has several different attributes and meanings. Native Americans saw the hawk as a messenger. It is said to be the messenger of the spirit realm, joining both worlds. It often shows up in our lives when we need to pay attention to the subtle messages around us and from those we come into contact with. If the hawk starts appearing to you in one form or another you should pay attention to the messages it might be bringing and trust your own intuition. It provides wisdom about seeing the bigger picture and looking at things from a higher perspective.
The reason I painted the hawk next in the series was I kept seeing them everywhere. I mean, that in itself isn't unusual up here but I saw them more frequently and sitting still quite close by where I was and I also had a run of seeing them everywhere online. I'm not quite sure what message they were giving me other than to paint them next!
I wanted to convey the idea of the higher perspective by showing the hawk soaring high up in a clear blue sky and also the idea of it being a messenger between different realms with the image in the hawk's body depicting the vastness of the universe in the skies above our own wee planet.
When I finished the hawk there seemed to be too much space at the top. I showed it to S and he said it needed something there too so I had a think and came up with sun flares - sometimes these little orbs of light are said to be spirits (but mostly they're simply flares from the camera lens!) In any case, they worked well for this piece especially when I realised that the orbs would run in the same diagonal as the milky way in the body of the hawk!
Anyway, that's all my news for this week. Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you all at Paint Party Friday.