Bev Doolittle Collection

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In Two Indian Horses, one of Bev Doolittle's most popular camouflage paintings, Doolittle chose a landscape that was distracting enough to make it fun for the viewer. "I chose a landscape in the Rockies, a place where the trees look two-dimensional, almost like wallpaper," explains Doolittle. In the full picture two Blackfoot Indians, pictured here, are camouflaged by their surroundings. To the right a cavalryman walks away. A dramatic incident about to happen, an ordinary day about to become a tale of Indian ingenuity.

39"x11.5" (image size), 42.5"x15.5" (print size) unframed limited edition print $3750.00

Sacred Ground brings together all the elements that have made Bev Doolittle famous. Here is a mountain man, his horse and packhorse, ropes and rawhide so real we can feel and smell them. Then within the same frame of reference this incredible artist has created a secondary world as powerful and important, a world of hopes and fears and dreams hovering on the edge of perception. For the white man senses that he has intruded on land sacred to the Indian, guarded by chieftains brave as eagles, haunted by spirits he cannot see or understand. He feels watched. Threatened. He tells himself that it is only his imagination. But his horse trembles and plunges forward, wild to be away.

39"x11.5" (image size) unframed limited edition print $850.00

In The Good Omen, three Indians...have ridden into a remote canyon. It's an awesome place in the heart of the mountains, with red rock walls rising skyward. The way in and out is through a narrow pass. From here flight will not be easy.

Is this a place of good spirits or bad medicine? Black shadows lurk, but a shaft of sunlight falls like a benediction, turning river sand to gold. To be wary is not to show cowardice, for it is the natural duty of man to be constantly alert. The Indian accepts this balance, understands that nature is at once generous and unforgiving, moves through the world with his senses honed for peril or pleasure.

The Indians in this painting look up, fasten their gaze on something high in the sky. What do they see? As viewers, we follow their gaze and confront a mystery. What enthralls the Indians seems cut off from us. But the artist has told us all we need to know, told it in a way that leads us to use our own eyes, our own intelligence, our own imagination until (and it all happens in a flash) if we look down instead of up, we find reflected in the clear, cold mountain water, the good omen. A golden eagle. Excerpted from text by Elise Maclay

32"x20" (image size) unframed limited edition print $3850.00

Christmas Day, Give or Take a Week
In the green cathedral of redwood spires
Do choirs of birds sing carols,
Do stars tangled in green branches remember
A cosmic tremor when Love was born?
Is it Christmas morn?
In Sequoia halls where silence falls
Like snow on snow
Does a fire glow?
In the crystal air, is the wind a prayer?
Is is Christmas there?
Where the outcast, the stranger,
Finds shelter, a manger,
In the heart of a tree,
Do small beasts draw near?
Is fear outcast, too?
Are all things made new
In the calm, in the bright,
Is it Christmas night?

by Elise Maclay

19"x19" (image size) unframed limited edition print $1750.00

In Sacred Circle, Bev Doolittle expresses the beauty and "Medicine" of nature into the symbol of life, the circle. "Medicine" to the Native American improves one's connection to the Great Mystery and to all of life. There is a second level to all of Bev Doolittle's paintings. For all of their visual power, they move the viewer into a realm far beyond the mere pictorial.

It may be that the true subject of the painting is hidden - camouflaged - as in the pictures in this collection, but the metaphors of life bring messages of personal power, strength, and understanding. Our fellow creatures, the animals, exhibit habit patterns that will relay messages of healing to anyone astute enough to observe their lessons on how to live. The precious gifts of true medicine are free and abundant in the beauty of nature.

26"x26.5" (image size) unframed limited edition print $425.00

"In The Forest Has Eyes, I want the viewer," says Doolittle, "to share the emotions of the rider, and - as he does, because his life depends on it - 'read' the story in the leaves, branches, water and stone that surround him." At first glance, The Forest Has Eyes might appear to be a trick painting, but Doolittle's works must be looked at again and again, for they convey more than one message. Here we read the story of a mountain man, not easily frightened but respectful of the ways of the Indians. Passing through Indian territory, he is wary. He is also alone and alone for too long, that is when his imagination takes over, creating images and persuading us that they are real. Our eyes play tricks. Does the forest have eyes?

36"x18h"(image size), 39"x21.5" (print size) unframed limited edition print $4500.00

Doolittle spent months researching Prayer for the Wild Things, incorporating 34 animal and bird spirits in all their strength, energy, and beauty. Then she joined Paul Winter along the Missouri river in Montana for a live recording session which would later be concluded in Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, and Montana's Glacier National Park. On location there, Winter played soprano saxophone to wolves, birds, and other animals.

"The music of Prayer for the Wild Things is intended to be a celebration of the spirit of these creatures," Winter says, "and the beauty of the wilderness in which they live." Now you can "hear the image" and "see the music" as you share Bev and Paul's respect and hope for the preservation of the natural world.

24"x31.5" (image size) unframed limited edition print $450.00 with accompanying CD of Paul Winter's Prayer for the Wild Things

"The Season of the Eagle," says Doolittle, "didn't begin as a reflection painting. It was going to be a snow shape painting." While on a trip to the High Sierras, what would just be melting snow to some people became an exciting image in Doolittle's mind.

"In the life of the Native American, every new day, every encounter with bird or beast, and everything he owned or wore, related to his religious belief that all creatures were the creation of the same great power, and therefore were brothers. Because of the special reverence that the Native Americans have for the eagle, I was particularly happy to find that hopeful message in the snow." explains Doolittle.

24"x 31.5" (image size) unframed limited edition print $795.00

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