about Wolf Moon

The moon is closer to the earth in January than in other months, so it appears larger. Some first nations peoples called this moon the “Wolf Moon”.

For millennia, humans scheduled hunting, planting, and harvesting by moon cycles. Ancient cultures the world over gave full moons names based on the behaviour of plants, animals, or weather during that month.

Much lore surrounds a full moon, from witches and werewolves to weather prediction. But, canine experts have found no connection between the phases of the moon and wolf howls. Full moon or not, wolves howl at night because they’re nocturnal. And they point their faces up to allow the sound to carry farther. Howling signals location or a warning to outside wolves. But it’s fun to speculate.

And sometimes, wolves howl just for the fun of it.

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about Artemis Moon & Beyond Orion’s Belt

A nebula is a sort of star generator. Orion’s nebula, located just beyond the constellation Orion, is one of the most beautiful and colourful. The nebula is painted as a triptych to give some sense of its immensity.

This painting is mostly about the beauty of the cosmos as represented by the nebula, though the story of the Orion constellation is how we humans sometimes try to understand our universe. Apollo, jealous of the time Orion spent with his twin, Artemis, arranged to have Orion stung by a scorpion. Artemis intervened causing both Orion and the scorpion to become constellations. Orion hunts eternally, his punishment/reward for befriending the goddess of the hunt, Artemis.

We humans are self-centred. But when we consider the vastness of space we get some sense of how small our role is.

Artemis/Diana, the artist’s namesake goddess, is the Greek goddess of the moon, who watches over maidens as well as her friend, Orion. In these paintings she is independent of, yet somewhat watchful of, her friend.

On a more personal level a small part of me also likes the idea of a story connected to brother and sister twins. It makes me think a little of my own brother, Life, who though not my twin, was born on the same day as me. Like Apollo and Artemis we were a little yin/yang simply because we were Life/Di. It gives me a warm feeling to include some good thoughts about him and the rest of my late family members.

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