“Protected by Warrior Spirit” Whimsical Painting

Warrior spirit painting

Today I’m thinking about my latest symbolic painting. I don’t often share the symbolism behind a painting as I like the viewer to create their own story about it. However, I’m going to share a bit about my newest whimsical painting titled “Protected by Warrior Spirit.”

Symbolism of Protected by Warrior Spirit

It is not a warrior as in the traditional soldier, fighting type. Rather it is a warrior of grace. A warrior of the divine. Of Spirit.

It’s a concept more than an actual person. It’s a symbol. The colors black and red symbolize the life / death / life cycle which encompasses all of life. The feather of his spear represents a sharp yet forgiving nature.

For me, sharp means to use one’s mind for self development. To use one’s mind to figure out how things work. For truth finding. For using words wisely, to inspire others and for kindness.

A warrior spirit is mindful. He is aware of his surroundings. He protects those he cares about and helps them to be the best that they can be.

whimsical painting Warrior Spirit

A Spirit Warrior Website

I found this website called Spirit Warrior at khaledallen.com that talks a lot about what the Warrior Spirit means. They say, “A Warrior invests in herself, seeking to become her best self. A Warrior cherishes every moment, seeks to see every minute lived purposefully, even if that means at purposeful rest. A Warrior expects to stand out, to strive for excellence, and to pursue great goals.” I like that.

Warrior spirit whimsical painting

“Protected by Warrior Spirit”, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on wood panel, $375

Other Symbols in my Whimsical Painting

Some other symbols are a fish shape which represents food to nourish us. A moon shape representing the passing of time. Of life cycles. The shape behind the feather is a spiral of energy, representing a strong life force.

The space in his body is filled with petroglyphs. It shows that he is old and comes from ancient times. The white star and mandala-like line drawings in the blue background are magic lines of light that surround the Warrior Spirit.

A Warrior Spirit is nurturing. Hence, he is always there in my mind protecting me from harm.

To be protected by Warrior Spirit is a gift to myself and I like having him near to remind me to strive for excellence.

What do you think of the Warrior Spirit?

Emoji, icons and symbols

Being a lover of icons, symbols and shapes, I thought I would revise a post that I did on my old blog.

Sometimes I like to put an emoji in an email, blog comment or in some feedback on Etsy.com and I keep having to go back to my old blog to grab one. Guess I could cut them and paste them into a document on my desktop to have handy but instead I think I’ll post them here and bookmark it. That way I can grab them whenever I’d like. You can too.

So here are the one’s I’ve found so far on the web. I’ll add to it as I find more. If you know of some other ones, let me know. Thanks!

Also, these will work on a Mac but not all will work or show up on a PC.





♥*¨) ¸.·´¸.·*´¨)¸.·*´¨)
(¸.·´ (¸*´¨(♥ Thank You So Much! ♥)

ƸӜƷ .•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`• ƸӜƷ


♫*¨) ¸.·´
¸.·♫´¨) ¸.·♫´¨)
(¸.·´ (¸♫´¨♫


~°♥°~Thank you~°♥°~




♥♪♫♫☼*☺♥♪♫ Oh, happy day!






╚╗║╔═╗╔═╗║ ╔╝







†hank you!


¸.•´¸.•´¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´¸¸.•´¯`

|  |   |   |        
|  |   |  ★
|  |  ♡
|       ☆

Spirals, symbols and shapes


I can’t remember when I first started drawing the spiral shape in my art.

spiral necklace
my spiral necklace

Or when I claimed it as “my” symbol. I love that little swirly shape. I wear it around my neck. I bought my spiral necklace in Greece in 1995 (you’ll hear more about that trip in my Part 4, One Artist’s Journey post on Feb. 11th). I love wearing it. It’s my favorite necklace.

I put the spiral in my paintings a lot!

lgrugerhansonspirals The swirl, the curly one, the spiral… what does it mean?

For me, it represents energy and growth. The spiral swirls outwards. Meaning expansion.

Holding the Energy

I like making my painting series titled “holding the energy”. These are little yoga figures holding a spiral. To me it means being able to stay calm, harness the energy,  stillness. I like the idea of that. Being still. Holding the energy. Being aware. Expansion of Self.

holding the energy
holding the energy

I think the spiral has gotten a lot of bad rap. You hear things like, the “downward spiral”, “spiraling out of control”, the “death spiral”,  the “spiral of barbarity”.

But I take a more positive outlook about it. I was going to say “positive spin’ but that might be a little cliche.

I like this quote:

“Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.”
– Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Time is like a spiral. I like that. Energy is like a spiral. I like that too.

I found an article online about a spiral energy theory that says, “gravitational forces of all the stuff of the universe and their constraining gravitational force upon themselves cause light and particles to form spirals as they move through the universe.”

I’m not a scientist but I like the sound of that. That there are gravitational forces causing spirals of light to move through the Universe. I know I have simplified it. I’m an artist, I like metaphor.

I just like the idea of spiral light energy radiating and connecting us all to each other. That’s why I have spirals and connected dots in my paintings.

What are your favorite symbols and shapes?

You can read more about spiral symbolism and other things on symbolism at what’s-your-sign.com