From the beginning it was clear to me I was supposed to create a red, yellow, black and white four-directional design for this art challenge. It is a popular Native American Indian medicine wheel shape representing: east, south, west and north.
The original title was, "Sights and Sounds Indians Gave Loudoun County," an accurate historical reflection of local contributions by Native American ancestors. But how can I leave out my own Clarke County? There are no lines on the ground that separate our counties no more than there are lines that separate us in humanity.
The first paint is for red tomatoes. I think most people think of Italian food when they think of tomatoes, not that Indians grew them first. Actually, some say Indigenous peoples of the Americas contributed 62% percent of all food that the entire world eats today.
On the front of the wine barrel I painted red raspberries. The front is where the plug or "bung hole," still wafts of fermented wine from Maggie Malick Wine Caves in Purcellville.
Berries make good wine; and Indians contributed all kinds of berries. This marks the East where the sun rises beginning this visual 360 ecological and historical tour.
More later ...
wine barrel art by Rene' Locklear White (Feather)