Saturday, September 21, 2013

"BLUE SPRUCE" - Day 21 of 30 Day Challenge





The Blue Spruce is one of my favorite trees. I love all the blues, greens, grays & variations in the colors. They look different depending on the lighting too. They stand tall and strong. "The Russian meaning of Spruce is "fine, smart". Spruce is a gentle messenger and friend. It amplifies healing on all levels, and it is calming to the emotions. It is a gentle awakener of the dynamic feminine intuition. It is an excellent tree staff to work with for any disorientation or lack of direction." (Spirit Lodge)

 The Native Amercian culture has many meanings  
"Native American Symbolism: Spruce trees are mythologically important plants among Southwestern tribes, where they are symbols of the sky and directional guardians of the north. According to Hopi myth, the spruce tree was once a medicine man, Salavi, who transformed himself into a tree. For this reason, spruce trees are considered particularly sacred to the Hopis, who use spruce boughs to adorn kachina dancers. In the Pima flood myth, the father and mother of the Pima people survived the deluge by floating in a ball of spruce pitch. Among northern tribes, spruce trees (like other evergreens) are associated with peace and protection. Spruce is a particular symbol of good luck to the Salish tribes, and spruce roots are used as fiber for weaving basketry regalia by many Northwest Coast tribes. Northern Algonquian tribes used to bundle spruce and fir needles into sachets or herbal pillows to protect against illness" (Plant Symbolism )


I painted this on  a 4" x 6" 140lb CP watercolor paper (not sure of brand, it came in a variety pack from Cheap Joe's)

As always, Make it a great day! Cheers!  
Arica