I stole the stars for you (Love and Lunacy)
I stole the stars for you (Love and Lunacy)
Oil, acrylic and gouache on linen, 50x50x4cm (2012)

I stole the stars for you
Kept them in a jar for you
So they can keep you company
Though, the moon is now lonely...
I told the moon I was doing it for love
When I plucked the stars from above
He laughed, saying I was just lovesick
And so has branded me a lunatic

This piece is part of my new body of work that focuses on animals as Gods, giving nature an elevated status (some pieces of which have poetry as part of them). This piece is based on an old folklore told by Native Americans, Siberians, and Celtics. This is an ancient story told on the Queen Charlotte Islands and includes how Raven helped to bring the Sun, Moon, Stars, Fresh Water, and Fire to the world. Long ago, near the beginning of the world, Gray Eagle was the guardian of the Sun, Moon and Stars, of fresh water, and of fire. Gray Eagle hated people so much that he kept these things hidden. People lived in darkness, without fire and without fresh water.
Gray Eagle had a beautiful daughter, and Raven fell in love with her. In the beginning, Raven was a snow-white bird, and as a such, he pleased Gray Eagle's daughter. She invited him to her father's longhouse.
When Raven saw the Sun, Moon and stars, and fresh water hanging on the sides of Eagle's lodge, he knew what he should do. He watched for his chance to seize them when no one was looking. He stole all of them, and a brand of fire also, and flew out of the longhouse through the smoke hole. As soon as Raven got outside he hung the Sun up in the sky. It made so much light that he was able to fly far out to an island in the middle of the ocean. When the Sun set, he fastened the Moon up in the sky and hung the stars around in different places. By this new light he kept on flying, carrying with him the fresh water and the brand of fire he had stolen.
He flew back over the land. When he had reached the right place, he dropped all the water he had stolen. It fell to the ground and there became the source of all the fresh-water streams and lakes in the world. Then Raven flew on, holding the brand of fire in his bill. The smoke from the fire blew back over his white feathers and made them black. When his bill began to burn, he had to drop the firebrand. It struck rocks and hid itself within them. That is why, if you strike two stones together, sparks of fire will drop out.
Raven's feathers never became white again after they were blackened by the smoke from the firebrand. That is why Raven is now a black bird.
EbiEmporium commented on December 29, 2012 7:50am
LOUISE MCNAUGHT commented on December 29, 2012 7:59am
thank you :)
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Fimbis commented on December 29, 2012 3:09pm
LOUISE MCNAUGHT commented on December 29, 2012 4:31pm
thank you :) x
Catspaws commented on December 30, 2012 1:31am
Luke Carter commented on December 30, 2012 1:36am
Lovely work
LOUISE MCNAUGHT commented on December 30, 2012 1:42am
much appreciated :) x
Polkip commented on December 31, 2012 8:01am
epic work :)
CUCU commented on January 5, 2013 5:15pm
this is just amazing!
LOUISE MCNAUGHT commented on January 18, 2013 3:55pm
thank you all :)