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Finally Made Some Haida Inspired Art

The Hunter

Back in October I wrote about my love for Haida Art. Soon after, I bought a round piece of wood from Home Depot with the intention of making my own Haida inspired painting. Since I’m now in my thirties it’s no secret that when it comes to finishing projects without a deadline I suck. The motivation just isn’t there the way it used to be. For that reason, it took me about eight months to finish my first Haida inspired painting.

The Hunter

As luck would have it, it only took about five minutes to sell the painting. This sort of thing doesn’t always happen for me, but a collector had seen the painting in its unfinished state when they visited the gallery in January. She called dibs on it, so as soon as I finished it I sent her an email with the finished painting before I posted it online to sell. The timing was just right. She bought it as a Father’s Day present for her brother. (Thanks, Inez!)

After it sold I posted it online (facebook, flickr, instagram, twitter, etc.) and received a lot of great feedback. A few people even asked to buy it. I had to let them know that it had sold, but that I’ll make some more in a similar style. And here they are.

the shaman the fighter

I painted these at the same time. While one had wet paint drying on it I would work on the other. This is pretty common among painters, so this back and forth went on until I finally finished. I’m happy to say it took a lot less time than eight months to finish these.

the shaman
“The Shaman”
18″ diameter – mixed media on wood
$400, plus shipping
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the fighter
“The Fighter”
18″ diameter – mixed media on wood
$400, plus shipping
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I’m pretty stoked with how these came out. I hope you enjoy them too.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

Things I Love Thursday: Haida Art

Killer Whale Drum by Alano Edzerza
“Killer Whale Drum”
by Alano Edzerza

Haida are the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America. I don’t know much about them, but I do know that I am absolutely fascinated with their artwork. I’ve always been a sucker for bold lines and solid colors. And The Haida People are masters at it.

Wolf Drum by David Robert Boxley
“Wolf Drum”
by David Robert Boxley

Back in the summer of 2000 I embarked on a solo road trip from where in live on the Central Coast of California all the way to up Vancouver Canada. This was before I owned a digital camera. Somewhere I have a shoebox full of photos from that trip and in those photos I have some Haida Totem Poles that I came across. Back then I knew I liked the artwork, but I didn’t investigate to find out anything about it. It was just a couple of weeks ago that I actually learned the term “Haida” and ever since I’ve been scrolling through Flickr and Google Images trying to satiate my appetite for Pacific Northwest Art.

Haida art Under the Granville Bridge
Photo by Brian Dubois

Haida Art 1
Photo by Paul Turner

Eagle Dancer by Alano Edzerza
“Eagle Dancer”
by Alano Edzerza

I could easily post a lot more, but the discovery is part of the fun, so if you’d like to see more just check out the links on the post.

– Jeff