Totemic Guardians of the Great Return (2016) Ritchie Sinclair

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Totemic Guardians of the Great Return
Ritchie Sinclair
2016, 4ft x 5ft acrylic & copper on canvas, $6.6K

“Long ago cataclysm forced the People to journey far out into the ocean in search of a new home. One day they discovered a Seaway that led deep into a vast land of fresh water lakes teeming with life. As they ventured deeper they happened upon a beautiful island shaped like a turtle, with waters protected by a Sea Serpent and skies by a Great Thunderbird. The People were compelled to settle there and they thrived for many generations.”

This totemic goodwill painting considers the ancestral migration allegory of the Seven Fires Prophecy while offering talismanic empowerment for those so embraced by its aura and meaning. Over eons the cyclic struggle between the Thunderbirds of the Skies and the Serpents of the Deep play out their dramas through all earthly forms, including humankind, yet at the centre of the cyclone all is well.

PRIMARY FIGURES

  • The Thunderbird: – mastery of the air and of the upper-world.
  • The Turtle: – denotes longevity, stability and wisdom. This Turtle symbolizes our home, the womb, Mother Earth, the beaver lodge, the wigwam and the sacred sweat lodge. Here is safety and security. Here is the circle in the cycles at a point of perfect balance. Here is a living portal and time machine. Here is our beloved soul.
  • The Great Horned Serpent, Mishibijiw: – mastery of the water and of the underworld.

SECONDARY FIGURES

  • A Shaman and three Disciples in a grand canoe embark on vision quest through the seasons.
  • Three great Fish depict the abundance afforded by Thunderbird and Mishibijiw protection.
  • Six nesting Loons are symbolic guardians of the Great Lakes and of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
  • 24 Salmon represent the People; great souls who return to the source of their abundant lives to re-spawn yet again.

Comments about the painting, “Totemic Guardians of the Great Return”

  • “Wowww! So powerful so inspiring. Love it.” Pamela Tremblay-Hayes
  • “Beautiful love the colours.” Joan Faubert
  • “Wow, that’s amazing!” Tanzina Amin
  • “now that’s cool” Max Dipro
  • “Stunning & inspiring” Stéphanie Lynn
  • “Love it. Amazing!” Carlos Sa Rodrigues
  • “Lovely, simply lovely! And so powerfully colourful. And naturally I just love the symbolism, the simplicity and the explanations. And the Great Story too!” Tim Yearington
  • “Powerful, feeds my spiritual needs. Great work Ritchie.” Lise St-Arnaud
  • “Blue Salmon Fillets in a Delicious Tomato Broth” (may contain peanuts or various totem animals). But seriously, this is further proof of your genuine artistic talent.” Roland Kriewaldt
  • “Beautiful, Inspirational & Enlightening !” Steve Balla
  • “love is so inspiring for you : ) This is absolutely stunning. It is already lifting off the page then by adding the story, it put me in a river that is singing the story out to me as I gaze in wonder.” Kim Elkington
  • “Ritchie is a master of technique, colour and space. Stunning.” Julie Ann Bertram
  • “Absolutely stunning depiction.” Beth Rice Guindon
  • ” Wowzer … Amazing, truly stunning!!! Love it!!!” Lenadine Vellow-Eaton

Breath of the Spirit (2016) Ritchie Sinclair

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Breath of the Spirit
Ritchie Sinclair
acrylic on canvas, 44 x 60 inches, 2016.

This painting depicts the Woodland School conjured into being by the great creative spirit of the Northwest Coast.

“The spirit comes through you. It is a very powerful creative force, you see. You could be a singer, you could be a writer, you could be a painter, you could be anything if you allow that spirit to flow.”

Norval Morrisseau, 1997, Return to the House of Invention (Key Porter)

The House of Invention (2016) Ritchie Sinclair

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The House of Invention
Ritchie Sinclair
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)

Kundalini Spirit Fire (2016) Ritchie Sinclair

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Kundalini Spirit Fire

Ritchie Sinclair
Original pen & ink sketch (inversion), 16″ x 20″. 2016

“The kundalini is classically recognized and portrayed as a feminine force. It effects awakening through balance and unity with the masculine aspect of consciousness. In classical yoga, it is the creative force (Shakti) that brings eternal consciousness (Shiva) into action and manifestation. However, this feminine force is not only, as Shakti, the complement, counterpart and consort of the masculine, its “other half”. As Parashakti, She also contains the masculine; in this highest form she is Wholeness itself, not only giving birth to, but containing and subsuming all duality. From a spiritual point of view, because she not only creates but contains and transcends all creation, she is the most immediate bridge to non-dual consciousness and is in fact co-existent with it. From a global point of view, because she reconciles immanence and transcendence, matter and spirit, unifying and healing all conflict and duality, it is her influence that is essential to heal the extreme fragmentation, competition and violence wrought through centuries of patriarchal divisiveness.”

Kavita Byrd from “Kundalini and the Role of the Feminine in Global Transformation.

Divining Tomorrow (2016) Ritchie Sinclair

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Divining Tomorrow

Ritchie Sinclair
2016, acrylic on canvas, 28″ x 54″

This painting was inspired by our June 2016 Algonquin canoe adventure. It considers the rite of passage where our children move on into their own lives. As parents we nurtured love in their hearts and we mourn the fact that our intimate time shared together has now past. We entrust their sacred little lives to the guidance and protection of Spirit. It’s so beautiful that just as our young ones move on, so too are we set free to explore and enjoy the wonder of it all for ourselves, as free spirits who were once parents.

Bear Dance (2015) Ritchie SInclair

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Bear Dance

 

Ritchie Sinclair: Original Pen & Archival Ink drawing on artboard, 16 x 20 inches, 2015

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