Thursday, September 12, 2013

How the Eagle Got Its Keen Eyesight ~ ~ # 11 of 30

"When you're experimenting
you have to try so many things
before you choose what you want,
and you may go days
getting nothing but exhaustion."
~Fred Astaire

Ok, here's yesterday's painting. I did two today, but was unhappy with one in the end, (after I kept experimenting and painted it to death), so tomorrow, once again, I need to do two keepers to catch up in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge. Gosh, do you think I can do it?

This piece was inspired by the Native American legend of how the eagle got it's keen eyesight. According to a Kwakiutl legend, although eagle could fly to the highest treetops, he could not see all that well. One day the chief asked him to stand as sentinel in a high branch overlooking the river, watching for invading canoes. Not wanting to disappoint the chief, eagle agreed. Knowing that in those days, the slug had excellent vision, eagle convinced it to trade eyesight temporarily. Eagle preformed his duties for the chief impeccably and received praise and admiration from the whole tribe. Feeling very special and proud of himself, when slug asked, eagle refused to return his eyesight. So the eagle retained his sharp vision, while the slug was doomed to go on forever slowly groping his way through life.


#11 of 30 -
Myths, Fables, Folk Tales and Legends







Eagle's Keen Eyesight

~~~ 7.5" x 5.5" original hand painted watercolor on Yupo ~~~
Acid-free Mat w/ Backing in sleeve - 8" x 10"
Signed and certified by the artist
Purchase this painting here.


Thanks for looking and for your feedback!
See you back here tomorrow, hopefully with two new paintings!

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