Neathar Spéir / Sky Serpent

650.00

“Sky Serpent” is a unique, original framed artwork that captures the mysterious and powerful symbolism of serpents. Set against a rich red background, this painting radiates energy and vitality. “Sky Serpent” represents instincts and the primal forces within us. The vibrant red background signifies the energy and dynamism that these instincts bring to our lives.

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“Sky Serpent” is a unique, original framed artwork that captures the mysterious and powerful symbolism of serpents. Set against a rich red background, this painting radiates energy and vitality.

“Sky Serpent” represents instincts and the primal forces within us. The vibrant red background signifies the energy and dynamism that these instincts bring to our lives. Floating in the sky, the serpent connects the earthly with the ethereal, suggesting a bridge between our basic instincts and higher consciousness.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 24.5cm x 19.5cm (inner frame), this is a modest size painting with a big heart
  • Materials: Oil on canvas, professionally framed in a whitewashed frame
  • Limited Edition: One of a kind, original piece

See a context photo of me beginning work on this painting.

This painting is professionally framed to enhance its aesthetic appeal and ensure its longevity. The frame complements the artwork, making it ready to hang and enjoy.

The painting will be securely packaged using bubble wrap and protective corners. See checkout for shipping costs. Shipped via registered postage,  and it will be shipped within seven days after purchase.

Don’t miss the opportunity to own this unique piece of art. With its vibrant energy and deep symbolism, “Neathar Spéir / Sky Serpent” will bring a dynamic presence to any space. This is a one-of-a-kind painting.

You may contact me with any questions.

Analysis by the artist

As I spend time with this painting in retrospect, the question that keeps arising for me is:

Are instincts really that abstracted from the landscape, that they can float on their own?

This headless serpent knows no forward and back. It’s twisting around itself, with no real suggestion of what’s heads and what’s tails. It seems to be more than a worm, but even a worm would have a top and a bottom.

Carl Jung referred to the archetype of the ouroboros, the tail-eating serpent (C.J. Jung, The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche, p.213). He also depicted a slaughtered serpent in his Red Book (The Dead Serpent, p.111).

We can interpret serpents as instincts. As Jung’s Lexicon puts it: “Snake dreams always indicate a discrepancy between the attitude of the conscious mind and instinct, the snake being a personification of the threatening aspect of that conflict. (C.J. Jung, The Sacrifice, CW 5, par. 615.)”.

Back to the painting itself, the serpent takes centre stage, floating somewhat majestically in the sky. However, in the bottom-left of the area is a fiery red earth. It may be that the serpent is unconscious in itself, and may be in for a rude awakening.

Past the fiery red landscape, we have an earthy land and sky, a landscape that seems alien.

As I was reading Theodor Abt’s Introduction to Picture Interpretation on the colours of this painting, I came across a serpent image which isn’t very different in composition:

Abstract from Theodor Abt's book on picture interpretation

The author’s point there was that the colour grey denoted either “a wise detachment from life or a sad lack of life.” During the time of working on this painting in 2023, the work of painting itself was a connection and re-awakening to my instincts. Seeing that time in perspective now merely a year later, my life has continued to unfold through a re-awakening of my instinctual curiosities.

On the use of brown earth colours, Abt points out that brown has a dichotomy of significance: rooted in fertility, yet that of decay and suffering reality. For me, the fiery earth represents a strong and powerful energy that may indeed be dangerous and all-consuming.

I interpret this image as an embryonic growth of self-consciousness of ego and instinct. It’s not even formed its head from its tail, but it’s in the fiery earthy environment in which it will have to find its feet. It is my hope for the serpent that it will continue to develop in awareness and navigate its environment.

I feel a great hope in reconnecting with one’s instincts. There is treasure to be found in what we intrinsically found interesting as kids. Our wonder and self-drive at what might seem like the littlest of things is easily brushed aside by an adult. Apart from parenting, I see our roles as adults as giving ourselves space to rediscover those creative instincts, and let them play out in time. For me, that is an essential ingredient of a well-lived life.

May you encourage your own self-growth and self-discovery, and from that vantage point encourage those around you.

Additional information

Weight320 kg