The start of the mystical eagle painting – this painting came to me while watching a pair of eagles flying overhead. With all the construction/destruction in our area there has been a noticeable decline in most bird species within our city.
We seek medicine and healing for physical and psychological issues and call on doctors to perform miracles, but no one wants to acknowledge the elephant in the room – that we do not live in a bubble and are connected to all things in the world around us.
Whatever we do to the other, be it human, plant, animal or mineral we are affected by our actions. In this painting I explore how we seek help from the many so called guru’s, when ultimately the answers lie within.
This painting still being completed – hopefully soon…
Having completed the Lightning bird painting with Hadeda’s, this Canada goose was determined to be included in my art. I watch them fly around the grain terminals and rail cars daily and there is no shortage of food for them there!
Here I used Sepia ink on a white Ampersand scratch-board, blending painting with the scratch-board techniques.
A thunderstorm over the Gonubie River in South Africa with Hadeda Ibis in the foreground. Even with a lightning strike near them, these two were only interested in searching for food.
The lightning bird – 16″ x 20″ (Oil on canvas ) $1200.00
Lightning and transformation.
Anyone caught in a thunderstorm knows the fear and exhilaration as lightning strikes a little too close for comfort. All the while a Hadeda Ibis was seeking out worms completely unconcerned as the storm rolled in.
Lightning has many meanings in different cultures and the lightning bird or Tekwane is part of African mythology. The Tekwane is actually represented by the Hammerkop bird.
I have always experienced lightning both in dreams and “real life” before undergoing times of transformation.
Rock pools are magical places – there is always much to see as sunlight dances and sparkles on the water, distorting the shapes of its inhabitants as textures and colour shifts and changes with the tide. This little fish was barely noticeable until it moved away from the seaweed that formed part of its disguise.
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A recently completed project is this cane toad or (Cosmic toad). The idea for this painting came from a rock I found with melted glass on a local beach. An image came to me of a cosmic toad, covered in jewels. At first I thought it was meant to represent the Cane toad.
The Cane toad – is not a popular animal in many parts of the world, yet like so many species it is all about context. They evolved to survive in Southern America and now thrive in places like Australia where the word “pest” is an apt description.
Not unlike us, they are able to adapt to new places and make their mark. It is easy to judge these creatures, but they did not move on their own and had a fair bit of help when it came to relocating.
Most humans are also immigrants and have often devastated the environments that our we and our ancestors moved to, so there goes that moral high ground!
While completing this painting the Pepe the frog meme was brought to my attention and its link to Kek from Egyptian mythology. It all makes sense why I had a compelling need to complete this image and I now have a name for my vision!
This image is a symbol of the chaos taking place in our world.