I am preparing a painting for Marinette. I start with a black gesso base on canvas paper, this will be a night scene. Her symbol is the screech-owl, so the night belongs to her!
Marinette is dressed in a priestess gown the blood Red colour of the Petro lwa. Her hair is braided and beaded in the Petro colours. She peers from behind a large tree in the forest holding Ogoun’s Machete, a symbol of power and protection. Her eyes are like the night Owl’s and the nocturnal predator rests beside her in a tree. I painted the Great Horned Owl here, I love the expression in their eyes and the patterns of feathers in their faces. Ornithologists say that the Owl is able to turn its head 270 degrees, because of the extra vertebrae in their necks. In some cultures the Owl is a symbol of Death and Evil.