Debut From The Nookery – “Ala – Ibo Goddess”

ALA - Ibo Goddess

Last week, she was just a pretty face, with a splash of blue in the background sitting on my easel. Voila, this week, she is making her debut.

ALA, also spelled ALE, ALLA also known as ANE Earth Mother Goddess of the Ibo tribe in Nigeria. Creator of the living and Queen of the dead. Provider of communal loyalty and Lawgiver of society. Her symbol is the crescent moon.  She is still worshiped by the Ibo today, who pay tribute to her each year during the Yam festival.

Ala is a part of my Goddess Series. I think this series may be ongoing for some time, since there are thousands of goddesses from all over the world clamoring for me to paint them! Feminine Energy is rocking the world now and forever!

Ala’s Vital Statistic: 30″ x 22″, mixed media (Graphite, layered with many layers of watercolor paint and finished with acrylic paint).

(Inside info: Ala’s face is based on a beautiful young woman who now lives in South Carolina, and her baby bump was fashioned by a lovely mommy who gave birth to a lovely little girl, in January last year! Thank you ladies!)

Original Price: $800 – Unframed, plus S/H   –  Limited Edition Prints of (150) Signed and numbered – $75 Unframed plus S/H.      All framing would be an additional cost.

I’m in the “nookery” (another word for my art studio). I’m just humming with creativity and joy! I have so much that I’m working on now. I am working on images from my Southwest Landscape Series. I took an extensive trip to New Mexico and took over 700 reference pictures and also did numerous sketches. There is something about Taos, New Mexico, that just does it for me, I was so feeling the vibe of  artist, Georgia O’Keefe.

I’m in the “Nookery” (another name for my art studio), humming with creativity and joy! I am also working on some commissioned work, which I’ll post about another time in the future.

Well, it’s Friday, I stop work at 7:00PM, when I will kick back with the family, have a nice glass of Champagne, listen to world music, chat about our day, eat some comfort food and then watch “Legends of the Guardians”. Hmmm…I can’t wait!

May you enjoy what makes you happy and healthy. Peace to you all.

  1. Queen of the dead! AWESOME!

    Comment by joshpincusiscrying — January 14, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

  2. Love the piece! Can't help remarking though that as a mother of twins I am a little nonplussed by traditional (now defunct of course) Ibo custom of killing twins at birth. Give me the neighboring Yoruba culture (of twin veneration) any day!

    Comment by Nancy — January 14, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

  3. You have worked hard in a short time.
    Interesting to see your goddess.

    Comment by Mindful Drawing — January 15, 2011 @ 3:45 am

  4. Hey Beautiful Lady!
    This painting is MAGNIFICENT!!!!! Oh my goodness how fabulous. I love all the details in there. Great work. Hey I just want to say thanks so much for sharing a bit of your story. I can't even image what it must have been like for you. I have come to understand and know that what doesn't kill us fattens us and looks like you and I are fat on creativity and talent he he he he he he he he!!!! YOU GO GIRL! If we could get through that we can get through anything.
    Keep pressing forward.

    Comment by vanessa — January 15, 2011 @ 8:08 am

  5. Indigene! Hello, it is so wonderful to see your art again. Wow, she is beautiful! There is definitely an air of peace and confidence about her. The colors are brilliant, and the patterning on the lizard is absolutely stunning!

    Ooh, and I LOVE that you call your studio the nookery. Sounds so cozy!

    Happy birthday to you, lovely lady. And happy new year!

    Comment by Bella Sinclair — January 16, 2011 @ 3:23 am

  6. I love your idea of painting goddesses and learning about the symbology that goes with them. I'll look forward to seeing more of your masterpieces!

    Comment by Linda Hensley — January 16, 2011 @ 8:40 am

  7. Love the idea of a goddess series and how you are inspired by the spirit of Georgia O'Keefe! That's a great vibe, there!
    I have an award to share with you! Please visit me, where you may find it and share with your blogging friends! :o)

    Comment by michele — January 19, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

  8. Oh…she is so beautiful. You've captured her spirit so wonderfully….there is something gentle and welcoming, yet at the same time fierce and strong about her. I love it..

    Comment by Susanne Iles — February 1, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

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