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Kingfisher by Carole Graham

by Carole Graham

Prompt: river keeper
prompted by: Christine G, during Sketch Fest #17 (August, 2011)

Unfinished ACEO size watercolour. I chose a kingfisher because I was reminded of a Jicarilla Apache Legend - "As Fox went on his way he met Kingfisher, Kęt-la'-i-le-ti, whom he accompanied to his home. Kingfisher said that he had no food to offer his visitor, so he would go and catch some fish for Fox. He broke through six inches of ice on the river and caught two fish, which he cooked and set before his guest. Fox was pleased with his entertainment, and invited the Kingfisher to return the call. In due time the Kingfisher came to the home of the Fox, who said, " I have no food to offer you;" then he went down to the river, thinking to secure fish in the same manner as the Kingfisher had done. Fox leaped from the high bank, but instead of breaking through the ice he broke his head and killed himself. Kingfisher went to him, caught him up by the tail, and swung Fox around to the right four times, thereby restoring him to life. Kingfisher caught some fish, and they ate together. "I am a medicine-man," said Kingfisher; "that is why I can do these things. You must never try to catch fish in that way again." Price is for finished version which will be a lot more detailed.


Sue Rundle-Hughes says: Beautiful painting :) ~ Reply?

Carole Graham says: Thank you. Looking forward to finishing this one :) ~ Reply?

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