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Sarah-Lambert Cook  Artist • Traveler • Archeology nerd | Seattle, WA 📮sarahlambertcook@gmail.com

This little fellow is meant to suggest Ratatoskr, the squirrel who runs up and down the world tree Yggdrasil to relay messages between the eagle Veðrfölnir, perched in the highest branches, and the serpent Níðhöggr, who dwells beneath one of the three roots of the tree in Norse mythology. (Found in the immensely readable medieval Prose Edda. For real: VERY readable.) The first pic is a detail from my painting, “Nourishing the Ancient Tree,” but the second, awesome, green-horned dude is from a 17th century Icelandic manuscript! 🇮🇸 {why the horn, 17th century Icelandic artist? Did you just dig horns?} 🇮🇸 .
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I feel like these are starting to become the series I’d hoped they would. Looking back into the past, into the mysterious prehistoric world with wonder and curiosity. Realizing how those beginnings brought us to where we are now. Marveling at the humanity of the past reaching forward...connecting to us today in these fragments. Learning to embrace the mystery of looking backwards and love it—even knowing some questions may never be answered.
From top left going clockwise : Venus of Willendorf Imagined, Ad Astra Per Serpentem (To the stars through the serpent), The First Artists, Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Nourishing the Ancient Tree. .
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Finished! Added some tree lines in the distance and a little more contrast. Now it’s just down to the title which I’m still mulling over (hmm 🤔). If you want to see the whole process for this piece, I’ve added all of the steps posted in stories over the last 6 weeks (😱) to a highlight on my profile! .
Title thoughts:
Dark night sky over the Kansas plains...
Forgotten history...
The Kansas motto, “Ad Astra Per Aspera,” to the stars through difficulty
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Are you done, painting? Trying to decide... “... somewhere in the vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.” (Great Gatsby)
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Happy Earth Day! Let’s make this world a better, cleaner place for these beautiful creatures we share it with🌏 I filled this map with 145 animals (some more endangered than others) all stuffed into the regions they can be found. Painting this a few years ago helped me to discover what I most love about painting: research and detail all coming together to tell a story visually. Thanks, Animal Map, for helping me along the way. 🦓 🦒 🦔 🗺💕
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In progress, but nearly done! Painting the grass was boring, but now it’s time to focus on the serpent intaglio, the stars, and the last of the petroglyphs. Basically all the best parts. 👩‍🎨 .
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Some of my work and I. Details, details, and watercolor everywhere! (I used to tell myself I didn’t specialize in watercolor...who am I kidding? 😝) #artvsartist
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In progress on a new piece! If you’ve been following my stories, you’ve probably seen some of it. Featuring petroglyphs and a serpent intaglio from near the Kansas town I spent my teenage years in. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this recently...and by that I mean since last summer when I first went to the Serpent Mound in Ohio. More on this to come! .
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Ancient art inspires me so much. I grew up a few miles away from this one. Sadly, the damage seen on it has happened only in recent years (people are the worst...it was shot at). Surrounding it are several other images while nearby is a small cave in which another and some hand prints can be found. I love this little place so much. Estimated at having been created over 500 years ago by Native Americans of the region. America DOES have a rich, ancient history. ❤️
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Moving Day! Tomorrow, I leave Ohio for Seattle. Turns out my journey follows a bunch of old trails, specifically the Oregon Trail...pretty much the whole way! (Really hoping I won’t die of dysentery.🤞) Since George (Cairn Terrier pictured) will have to stop some anyway, it seems only too appropriate to just go ahead and make it the full Oregon trail experience (at least as close as one can get in a Mini Cooper). .
Cairns are often used to mark trails, and this one is no different: so begins my own adventure across the plains, past Chimney Rock, over the mountains, and to Seattle. Follow along through my stories! I’ll share the supplies, stops, and hopefully won’t have to decide whether or not to float or ford any rivers I cross. .
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In progress... which is very much my whole week! Packing in progress, painting in progress, planning in progress. Only a week to go before beginning an adventure across the country to move to Seattle. I’m so excited and so ready for it! This painting is very much about it...and kind of my whole life of moving and wandering from here to there. It’s humid and warm out today for a change. Even the weather knows a shift is coming. .
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