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Painting - Oil On Canvas
Whale energies bring us the power of song, creativity and the awakening of inner depths in a year-around cycle of power. Natures largest mammal is adapted to life in our oceans. Science says that life emerged from the sea, one of the reasons that whale is an ancient symbol for creation and creativity. The Inui peoples of the Arctic have stories of the whale being the most magnificent creation of Great Spirit and whale continues to inspire many of us today.
Numbering 90 or more different forms, the whale species is known as cetaceans, and includes dolphins and porpoises. All whales exhale through blowholes. They can share with us an ancient knowledge of how to use the creative force of breath.
The humpback whale is known for its beautiful, haunting song. Whales can teach us to sing our own song, to go deep within and awaken a creativity that can transform our livesnot unlike Jonah in the belly of the whale, coming forth three days later, born anew.
Whales freely inhabit all of the worlds major oceans. Migratory in nature, their annual travels are typically 16,000 miles in length. One large population of humpbacks winters in Hawaii to mate and calve, and then travels to the cooler, high-latitude waters of Alaska for the summer.
Alaska is a wild land in a modern world, a nature laboratory, a wilderness, a United Nations biosphere reserve and a world heritage site, all found in Alaska.
The name, Alaska, comes from the indigenous peoples known as the Aleut, meaning the object towards which the action of the sea is directed. An Aleut word from the same root, Alyeska, means great land. Indigenous peoples have occupied Alaska for thousands of years. The first peoples are thought to have come across a land bridge, between what is now Siberia and the Aleutian Islands, before the continents fully separated. Approximately half of the total state population lives along the coast, where the subarctic climate is moderated by the proximity to the ocean
Purchased from Russia in 1867 for about 2 cents per acre, Alaska was originally thought to be a big mistake and was nicknamed Sewards Folly, after the then U.S. Secretary of State, William Seward, who negotiated the purchase. This 49th U.S. state is unusual and valuable in many ways. The gold rushes began in the 1890s and brought thousands of miner and settlers to Alaska over the next 30 years. Today, it is the black gold of crude oil that fuels the economy. The North Slope has vast energy resources, massive reserves of crude oil and natural gas and coal. It is the largest state in the union, twice the size of Texas, though it is the least densely populated.
It is considered the northernmost state, bordering the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the most eastern and western state, due to the extension of the Aleutian Islands into the eastern hemisphere. Alaska also has the longest coastline, longer than all of the other states combined. Tongass National Forest is the largest in the U.S. Alaska is blessed with 3 million lakes, marshlands, permafrost and glacier ice. Half of all of the glaciers in the world, over 100,000, are in Alaska.
Jeanette French, paintings, photographs, canvas prints, framed prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards, gift cards, fine art.
Creating portals of light, love, joy, beauty, compassion, hope and gratitude is my lifelong passion and gift for the earth, hence the name of my art business, For the Earth. My mother painted in oils when I was young and encouraged my own drawing, painting and handcrafting in all forms. My father, the photographer, gave me my first camera at age 8. As a result of these loving influences, I am a lifelong student of both mediums. I am grateful to my wonderful Pacific NW painter teachers, Stan Capon and Edi Olson, for training my eye and technique. I hope you will enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed its creation. More gifts for the earth can be found at these websites: jeanette-french.artistwebsites.com and jeanette-french.pixels.com.
November 25th, 2012
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