While Hopi Kachina carvings are often called "dolls," I've read that they are actually religious icons, meticulously-carved from cottonwood root and painted to represent figures from mythology. These beautiful Kachinas (which can take hundreds of forms) belonged to a friend and loved their shapes and symbolism. The sunflower is also one of my favorite flowers.
This is watercolor and oil pastel painting on paper--one of my favorite mixed media combinations for colorful subject matter.
"Kachina Colors" by A.B. Deneweth
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