FLORA & FAUNA – Kangaroo paw Silvereye oil painting kangaroo paw silvereye painting
The beautiful pests
Why did you not die in your nests
Perhaps you pollinate
Maybe you protect
Should I not wonder
From the sweat of my brow
Wisdom to know-how
THE STORY Silver Eye
I photographed a West Australian (Gondwanaland Land) Kangaroo Paw in bright sunlight which created an underexposed background. The dark-shaded bush gave it a WOW factor.
The Kangaroo Paw is West Australias State’s floral emblem.
The Silver Eye (Whiteye or Waxeye), photographed on a fire plant in New Zealand added stronger color appeal.
The Aboriginal names for the Silver Eye include Jule-we-de-lung or Julwidilang. The Silver Eye was introduced to New Zealand in the 1800s. and the Māori named it Tauhou, which means ‘stranger’ or more literally, ‘new arrival’.
My goal was to paint a photo-realistic painting with vibrant colors and a shallow depth of field. I wanted you to see one of life’s precious moments that pass us by all too easily in our business.
The wonder of the Silver Eye for me was seeing it search out its favored food, insects, and nectar.
A little aside. In late summer when food is scarce, the Silver Eye makes a staple diet of ripe fruit. This leaves many orchardists frustrated with the remains of mangled fruit in their cash crops and that makes the Silver Eye a pest.
The Kangaroo Paw also fascinated me. Embedded in its design are brilliant colors, an image beyond my comprehension.
On many occasions I have wondered, how could this turn up from a big bang?
I continuously marvel at the beauty, sciences, botany, laws of gravity and aerodynamics, etc that are all around us on this amazing planet. They reveal the wonderful mastermind of a Divine hand-making all this possible.
For me, to believe less than that stirs an emptiness. There is no one to give thanks to in my heart. There is such great joy in knowing and thanking the one who made all this possible.
I am privileged to see these wonders.
His love and creativity are beyond my comprehension and do not go unnoticed by me.
May you marvel at this as I do.
My sister (in West Australia) owns the original painting. Even her buggies like it!
STATUS and MATERIALS
ORIGINAL SOLD – Reprints for sale
Artist oils on stretched, gesso primed cotton canvas. Gloss dammar varnish protection. Handcrafted, gutter mount NZ Pinus Radiata frame on NZ particleboard.
* Originals and Limited Edition reproductions are supplied with Provenance, coded Authentication of Sale Certificate, and maintenance/care information.
15 LIMITED EDITIONS “ACRYLIC ENHANCED” CANVAS REPRODUCTIONS
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75 LIMITED EDITIONS CANVAS REPRODUCTIONS *
Unframed sizes | 960 x short side – $960 | 650 x short side – $650
Printed on long-life archival canvas and protected with two coats of UV archival protection spray.
* Stretch mounted reproductions will incur added charges for mounting and freight.
OPEN EDITION POSTER ART PRINTS *
Unframed sizes | 594 x short side – $120
* Posters printed on fine art papers and treated with two coats of UV archival protection spray.
FASHION and PRODUCTS
- Includes insurance and package/handling fees.
- The Original and Limited Edition reproductions ship with the Provenance coded Authentication of Sale Certificate and maintenance information.
- Poster art prints ship in insured tubes.