HomeIn the StudioSlow Gallery: Introduction to “Seven Crows on the Edge of Dusk”

Slow Gallery is my new method of revealing finished pieces. It’s a virtual way of slowing the eye so that we can study the components of an image, and perhaps more importantly, a means to tell the story that unfolds within the frame.

Baneberry, or Doll's Eyes from Stephanie Thomas Berry's gallery

When you first look at the painting “Seven Crows on the Edge of Dusk,” what will no doubt catch your eye is this stalk of White Baneberry in fruit. It is placed prominently in the foreground and is a striking combination of black, white, and red. The little berries with their black dots are so indicative of eyes that the plant is also known as Doll’s Eyes.

All parts of the plant, and especially the berries, are poisonous, hence the bane.” Interestingly, the berries are not poisonous to birds, while as few as six berries can sedate the cardiac muscle of an adult human and lead to cardiac arrest. But poison can also be medicine, and White Baneberry was used in this way, no doubt with great skill, by Native American healers. The plant thus contains the potential for life and death.

Not only that, but the plant is garbed in the powerfully symbolic colors of white (dawn, passage, spirit), black (night, chaos), and red (blood, rebirth, womb).

In a sense, baneberry is the first character in the story “Seven Crows on the Edge of Dusk.” It sets the stage saying, Pay attention, there is powerful medicine here.  Be aware, with eyes that see in all directions. 

{I’ll add more to the painting reveal tomorrow}

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