ABOVE:  Medicine Shield honoring Tuesday Bey, aka Princess Tutu, one of our former sanctuary residents.  She was euthanized on June 15, 2015 and this shield commemorates her presence in our lives for 15 long years as a riding instructor and therapy horse, and all around great friend.  Acrylic on 20" round canvas trimmed  with feathers donated by our resident flocks of crows, ravens, turkeys and jays.

HARMONY HORSEWORKS &
EQUINE WELFARE FUND

Healing Horses and Humans with ESCT and PEAT
5065 East Cedar Creek Drive, Cornville AZ 86325
Land:  928.649.0199  Cell:  443.517.7085
harmonyhorsewrks@aol.com
barbara@harmonyhorseworks.com
www.harmonyhorseworks.com

MAKE ROOM FOR A HORSE IN YOUR HEART!
MAKE ROOM FOR  A HORSE IN YOUR ART!

Commission a medicine shield of your favorite animal designed,  hand-painted and decorated by Barbara Wright.  What better way to honor the energy of the animal that has given you so much joy over the years?

MAY 2018
MEDICINE SHIELD ART
BY BARBARA WRIGHT
www.BarbaraWrightArt.com

In the Plains Indian tradition, especially that of the Sioux, a medicine shield is prayed into existence. The ancient ways teach that the making of the hoop, the stretching of the buffalo hide, the painting and decorating are all sacred acts honoring Wakan Tanka, Tunkashila, the Holy Persons of the 4 Sacred Directions, Mother Earth and the theme being represented. Each stage of creation was usually accompanied by a smudging with sage, a cleansing ritual, and a prayer to the Holy Ones.
 
In keeping with these reverential traditions, Barbara's medicine shield are created with a prayer for the artist to become a hollow bone so that the creative flow can move through unimpeded. The spirit of the animal or theme is invoked by the artist to be present during the creation and to offer guidance. The white canvas symbolizes the empty place of spirit and the round shape symbolizes the world and universe beyond.
 
Laying in a drawing requires a prayer for a steady hand, keen eye and open heart. The act of painting becomes a focused meditation on the animal or theme depicted. Creating a border around the edge contains the power of the image on the canvas in a laser-focused manner.  Often, the 4 sacred colors, white/yellow/black/red, are added and these honor the 4 sacred directions and their guides. The conchos are made of metal, stuff of the earth, and ground the painting to Mother Earth. The feathers symbolize the shield’s link to the wings of the air and the Above Spirits, linking the shield to the heavens.   This unifies the Earth Walk (immanent) and Spirit Walk (transcendent) of the animal or theme on the shield.  Other symbols and decorations are added to commissioned pieces at the request of the client.
 
In working this way, creation becomes infused with meaning that goes beyond the world of form and the hope is that the formless spirit of the image acts in wondrous ways on the viewer. The image the eye sees and the soul feels become one. 

COMMISSION A MEDICINE SHIELD TODAY OF YOUR FAVORITE HORSE, PET OR TOTEM ANIMAL.  A GOOD PHOTOGRAPH IS ALL THAT IS NEEDED.  PRICES ARE REASONABLE AND TURNAROUND IS USUALLY 2 WEEKS FROM THE DATE OF THE ORDER.  CANVAS SIZES ARE LIMITED TO 20 INCHES DIAMETER.  ALL SHIELDS ARE PAINTED IN ACRYLIC PAINT.  What's more - proceeds from the sale of these paintings help support the therapy and equine welfare programs of Harmony HorseWorks.


Barbara Wright
Tel:  (928) 649-0199
harmonyhorsewrks@aol.com
www.BarbaraWrightArt.com
www.harmonyhorseworks.com

Harmony HorseWorks is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in good standing registered in CO.  Formerly a horse sanctuary, we are now a therapy center for horses and humans located outside Sedona AZ in the beautiful Verde Valley.  We despook horses and heal humans using our proprietary therapies, ESCT for horses and PEAT for humans.  Info about both therapies can be found on our web site.  We also support former Harmony Horses at rescues in Colorado and help Arizona horse rescues with their finances whenever possible.  We are partially funded by public donations from charitable people, corporations and organizations.  The remainder of our funding comes from sales of equine art by Barbara Wright, sales of Wright-ESCT(tm) books and videotapes, and ESCT clinics held by Barbara Wright.  
ABOVE:  A sampling of medicine shields and/or totem shields painted by Barbara Wright.  Shields are often trimmed with stones, braid, conchos, and all are trimmed with feathers.  Sometimes a talisman belonging to a former pet of horse is added to the feather trim, perhaps a strand or braid of hair, a name tag, or other cherished object small enough to decorate the shield.
ABOVE:  A sampling of Barbara Wright's equine art, all of which can be seen on her website at www.BarbaraWrightArt.com.  Her specialty is horses, but she paints animals of all kinds, landscapes and an occasional human.