The House of Invention
acrylic and copper leaf on canvas, 50 x 60 inches, 2016
. “I believe that when I sleep, I get out of my body and I roam all the universe. I go to the inner planes. I go to the source. I even dare say I go to the source where all the inventors of mankind go… to the House of Invention.” “Before settlers and priests came from the Old World in Europe, the Native people all over America used their imaginations freely. There was a vast amount of culture. I believe the people were going to the House of Invention.” … “We are very creative in the House of Invention. Artists go there themselves, or stumble across it, voluntarily go, or go and they don’t remember when they wake up. As well, writers go there and musicians of all kinds go there and pick up their sheet music, which they play when they are awake.” … “Now music and art are very healing things for people. So we allow ourselves to become instruments or channels for the Inner Master or spirit, so that we may inspire others. I have done this. I have inspired maybe one hundred and fifty followers, two generations of people. Wouldn’t it be nice if they would start to do something with the power they have? Those of us who are able to pick up these things that I am talking about here should allow ourselves to be used so that we can bring down the ideas from the House of Invention.” Norval Morrisseau, 1997, Travels to the House of Invention, (Key Porter)
Norval Morrisseau & Ritchie Sinclair
I entitled the painting, “Sounding” after both its symbolic subject matter and its initial utilization as a seed for focusing the HU group meditation. The figure in the top left corner is an image of “Stardreamer”, which is the spirit name Norval gave me on the day we met. The nose and cheek are formed by a stylized bird, symbolizing the freedom of the sky (i.e. air). Out of the figure’s mouth emerges a sound which creates the path ahead. The light blue colouring the path represents the breath of life. To the bottom left are Easter Island-like figures symbolizing Morrisseau as shamanic mentor standing with the ancestors that came before him. The nose and cheeks of these figures are formed by a stylized moose head, symbolic of a grounded nature (i.e. earth). The top left corner spiral symbolizes the way through, down, and out of physical life. The yellow dot, blue dot and red dot in the central area lead one’s eye into the central pyramid of spiritual life, where souls travel up into the finer planes of existence. The three central birds represent beings deep in meditation. In juxtaposition to the top left corner’s unifying spiral at the end of one’s path of life (i.e. physical death) are two fish swimming in the bottom right corner that are symbolic of the dualities of Norval’s astrological sign, Pisces. It is interesting to note, however, that these fish swim free of one another, unlike the two fish tied together as depicted in traditional Pisces symbols.
Sounding is a highly symbolic painting. Each colour, line and form adds more detail to the tale told. Morrisseau paintings are usually two-dimensional renderings of symbolic subject matter however Sounding uses two dimensional forms to explore not only the 3rd dimension but to point the way to other dimensions
"Algonquin Vision Quest" by Ritchie
Just like the Group of Seven, as soon as possible we pack up our camping gear and venture out to Canadian Provincial parks for peace and inspiration. Our two absolute favourites are Algonquin and Killarney. As a college student Ritchie used to hitchhike to Algonquin park almost weekly, rent a canoe and paddle across Smoke lake to a sanctuary deep in the wildreness. It takes strength and courage to take on Smoke lake alone. Even with the two of us it is a challenge in windy weather, especially about third way across where cross winds create unpredictible waves. There is no going around. One just has to go straight across. Fortunately there is always the vision of what's awaiting on the other side of the big lake. The vision makes the body stonger, the mind focused.
"Twilight Watchers" is the second one of the Woodland Loons series. Based on beautiful painting by Ritchie. His loon paintings are pure love. They bring peace and harmony to the viewer. They provide inspiration, radiate flow of positive vibrations, promote wellbeing. Vibrational Shamanic/Healing Art
New canvas blessing before painting Lovescape, the most magical mural known to men (or at least me 😍) The painting was pure magic from the time we first unrolled the snow white canvas across the studio and baptised it with our love. From the start to the end we had no plan. The whole painting created itself and we were the dancers on the canvas that helped it come to life. And just the way it started out, with two lovers on the canvas in a sacred hiding place, it became a painting of two lovers in a sacred paradise. The story of the two of us Ritchie & Broña
"Wirl-Wind Sonnet (in B minor)" "SCROLL TWO
RAINBOWS OF COLOUR
The value, purpose and merit of Woodland and Thunderbird art goes well beyond financial gains in terms of significance. The iconoclastic nature of much of the work has a spiritual importance that is global in impact. In its sacred symbolism, this work shares a commonality with aboriginal art world-wide while simultaneously exhibiting the artistic purity, intent, grace and colour that adorn the windows of the world's churches.
When viewed as a personal or family talisman, Shamanistic art empowers while it protects. Traditional pictographic art and birchbark scrolls are two-dimensional symbolic renderings that tell an archetypal story. A powerful alignment takes place in those who know how to interpret the colours and symbols in relation to one another. A vibrational sense of oneness with the archetype itself."
A 21st Century Guide to the Woodland Art Movement