A PILLAR OF HEAVEN – Hope brings joy in the dance Parabolic oil painting Galah’s flight
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With eyes to see
A bird with character
The treasury of heaven
This painting was inspired by the series “The Seeds of Hope bring Joy”.
After a series of photos, this story begged to find a surreal edge. The Galah’s flight including its antics in the water needed expressions of wonder and delight, something like when a child plays * Securely under a friend’s watchful eyes. You will know what I mean if you have experienced this emotion. Do you remember when your friends first noticed your skills? There was an extra pleasure in noticing friends enjoying your pleasures? This child-like pleasure is important in the growth of any positive dream. It is contagious.
Watching and admiring the antics of these mischievous creatures stirred many moments of wonder. I photographed the dancing Galah landing in a burst water mains puddle at “Jurien Bay”, West Australia.
* PS. Many have never experienced emotional joy. “There is hope”. Ian now experiences this joy free from confusion, bitterness, suicide, unforgiveness, rejection, sexual and substance abuse, depression, hopelessness, and homelessness. Ian has discovered a friend who gives him such joy.
Some Galah information
The Galah is also known as the Rose-Breasted Cockatoo, Galah Cockatoo, Roseate Cockatoo, or Pink and Grey Cockatoo. Galahs are one of the most common and widespread Cockatoos found in open countries throughout mainland Australia.
Galahs are known to reach 80 years of age living in captivity and a quality diet is strictly followed. The Galah socializes adequately and can engage playfully in entertainment activities to support the overall intelligent nature of the bird. In their natural habitat, the Galah is unlikely to reach the age of 20 years. The average lifespan of all Galahs is about 40 years of age.
Like most other cockatoos, Galahs create strong lifelong bonds with their partners.
I chose the idea of the pillar from this thought. Dip your toes in freshwater after a long wearying journey and physical pleasure, a pillar of heaven will stimulate new life. Any person who builds faith upon wisdom from heaven will dance with joy.
Discovering the freedom promised is a significant wonder to behold. I know the truth in these words, “I love you and get great pleasure out of seeing you enjoy what I have given you to enjoy”. This is a pillar of heaven. A good father’s affection for offspring is lived out in truths of the pillars of heaven. Forgiveness, hope, mercy, life everlasting, joy, and peace in a loved and secure heart.
This development went further into the beginning of life’s rich story. I wanted to tell you what I have discovered. The pleasure I received by taking time out to meditate on Galah’s actions left me with questions … Why? This led me to discover another wonder of creation. A deep expression of awe and gratitude welled up with more love for God.
God created eyes to see and Galah’s to be seen. I love Jesus without shame. He opened my eyes to what I had not seen before.
When I see such amazing creativity in life I can only love and respect God all the more. It is true. Set your mind upon what is pure and clean, not on negative press. Your spirit will have a continuous dance. It will dance with joy and peace will reign.
Guard over the thoughts of your heart and enjoy the dance
This is one of the pillars of heaven.
In this image, I further developed my research into indigenous art storytelling from the Australian Aboriginals. I admire Aboriginals and see a lot of wonder in their culture in art and music. What is common to us all is the want for cultural identity. We want to worship something greater than ourselves and tell the story of what our culture speaks.
As my perceptions develop I will include a combination of western fine art disciplines.
Australian Aboriginal art symbolism
I love the vibrancy and symbolism in Native arts, particularly, Aboriginal dot painting. Dot painting is integral to Australian Aboriginal art and is recognized globally. On the surface, the dot is simply a style of Aboriginal painting. It is similar to Western art cross-hatching or stencil art.
Exploring deeper into the history of the Aboriginal dot painting you discover a world of camouflage, secrecy, and ritual. What Aboriginals depict in their worship I now use exploring in my visual medium from my culture. I tell the stories of what I see.
I am indebted to God for the Aboriginal’s hunger for storytelling and the simple use of what is at hand. The Aborigine’s supernatural is world clear in their art stories.
I have researched this information from many sources.
Indigenous art inspirations
The dancing circles depict a Dreaming design outlining multiple dots.
The term ‘dot painting’ stems from what the Western eye sees when facing contemporary Aboriginal acrylic paintings. This painting style arose from the Papunya art movement in the 1970s. Papunya Tula (The Western Desert – South West of Alice Springs, now venturing further into West Australia) artists used a process that originally mirrored traditional spiritual ceremonies.
Desert soil is cleared and smoothed mimicking a canvas of dark, earthy boards Papunya Tala use. The canvas is prepared for an inscription of sacred designs. The designs replicate the movements of ancestral beings (spirits) upon the earth.
The Aboriginals wanted to express this spirit world
On completion, painted bodies are rubbed away and the earth is smoothed. This masks Aboriginal secrets that had taken place. The Papunya Tula painting style derives directly from the artists’ knowledge of the traditional body and sand painting associated with the ceremony. As I understand it, to portray these dream times by creating stories for the public requires the removal of sacred symbols. There is careful monitoring of ancestral designs.
Today, with modern technologies and communication systems these secrets have become known to any investigative mind.
My reasons for journeying into indigenous art forms
I am curious about all mankind’s philosophies and reasons for believing what we do about our beginnings. How do we express our beliefs in the art world?
My goal is to take my discoveries and blend multiple art disciplines into an expression to honor our manufacturer. Jesus the founder and maker of all arrived 2000 years ago with a message of reconciliation. Without condemnation, He gives all mankind hope and revelation of our true roots. Don’t let religion kill what is good.
God loves me without condemnation. He loves indigenous people without condemnation. The spirit world is a mystery many don’t want to see but God wants us all to know how good His world really is. It is as real as the sciences we study, the music we create and the art we admire.
My quest is to explore and create what I find in cultures and blend through multiple art disciplines. I create to show what is true and shine a light on where we have gone wrong. Our errors are invading what God made good for our planet.
The indigenous influence art disclaimer
My attempt to paint, study and replicate indigenous art is very naive.
In the best way, I know how there is no way I would knowingly disrespect a people group who I dearly love. I study, at my own pace and these studies unmask a deeper honor toward these dear marginalized people. That sentiment is embedded in my borrowing of their creative intelligence to partner with my western cultured photorealism painting.
As an Australian and citizen of this world, I am honored they have given me so much pleasure with their wonderful storytelling interpretation with design, and dot painting colors, alongside the rhythmic sounds of their music in didgeridoos, knocking sticks, dance, and song unique to aboriginal culture.
I have a lot to learn as I embed what I learn crossing the bridge of understanding from my culture into the indigenous cultures of the world.
I call this my Godly inheritance and I look forward to experiencing their offerings in heaven where there is no fear, hatred, prejudice, or offense to darken what God created to be good.
STATUS and MATERIALS
ORIGINAL FOR SALE * Bid or tender for the original artwork. All offers considered around $35,000
Painted with professional oils, on gesso primed, archival, stretch mounted linen canvas, and protected with gloss dammar varnish.
* Originals and Limited Edition reproductions are supplied with Provenance, coded Authentication of Sale Certificate, and maintenance/care information.
15 LIMITED EDITION “ACRYLIC ENHANCED” CANVAS REPRODUCTIONS
The full size 1000 x 1000 (same as original) on stretch mounted archival canvas price is $3500 in GST
A master acrylic artist will digitally recreate the original painting and use hand-painted brushstrokes to replicate the original painting.
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 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.
Multiple images photographed with a Canon 5D and 7D, color-enhanced digital illustration created on an iMac in Photoshop CC. Painted on fine-weave, gesso primed long-life linen canvas. Stretch mounted proudly on hardboard and protected with brushed dammar varnish.
FASHION and PRODUCTS
- Includes insurance and package/handling fees.
- The Original and Limited Edition reproductions ship with the Provenance coded Authentication of the Sale Certificate and maintenance information.
- Poster art prints ship in insured tubes.