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The pleasure of Red Tail Black Cockatoos oil painting- The Joy of Flight in and indigenous art in Australia
The pleasure of Red Tail Black Cockatoos – The Joy of Flight and indigenous art in Australia

THE REDTAILS PLEASURE – A treasure in creation

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THE REDTAILS PLEASURE – A treasure in creation Redtail Black Cockatoo

For interested buyers, don’t hesitate to ask at this link for a “First in first serve” acquisition of the framed original or number 1 of 15 limited edition acrylic enhanced reproductions. Red Tail Black Cockatoo

Buy scarves directly from the original artwork @ Vida and La Festa Fashion.


THE PROVERB

Wisdom
In the heavens
Flight
Colour
Aerodynamics
From the book
Of life
Treasures
To behold
Messages
Journeying
Across
Cultural walls
Creative enterprise
Indigenous dreams
A white fella’s muse


THE STORY

The Redtailed Black Cockatoo is one of my favorite West Australia birds.

In one of those peculiar ironies in life, I am unable to explain why it is a favorite. It just is! In my boyhood town (Donnybrook, West Australia), Redtails flew in the same skies as my second favorite bird, “The Wedgetail Eagle”. 

I enjoy the Redtailed’s raucous screeching. Its vibrant red tails shout against rich black feathers creating a unique graphic appeal in Australia’s vibrant blue skies.

A strong emotion embedded in my memory is my fathers’ pleasure viewing birds in the wild. He passed that pleasure onto me.

My use of the artisans’ pendants

It’s hard to write in words of understanding. A creative gift can manufacture a story from anything our eyes see, and in this case, the pendant is a herald for the parabolic narrative reflecting Aboriginal dot painting.

Beyond culture, skin color, religion, and politics into life’s heart where creative expression has pure motives I discovered this story in metaphor. It captures the inquisitive heart in a family meeting seeking wisdom and council around a jewel of great price, the family. That is one of heaven’s gifts and revelations adding purpose and trust to a discoverer’s heart. I choose pendants to represent the family story gathering around a jewel of valuable wisdom in elders council for new generations. Embedded in the wise family council is a manufactures promises of freedom and peace.

Understanding the mystery in metaphor brings peace, a God factor in revelation, going beyond understanding into WOW. To me, that answers many a cultural diversity and intrigues.

Personal revelation will echo contentment in creative enterprise and cultural uniqueness, the inner world of spirit, one man created in the image of God.

Redtails carry the allegory art story on pendants across cultural boundaries, one generation to the next adding new living dimensions of wonder and glory.

The Redtails story

The Redtailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii) also known as Banksian- or Banks’ black cockatoo, is a large black cockatoo native to Australia. Adult males have a characteristic pair of bright red panels on the tail that gives the species its name. It is more common in the drier parts of the continent. Five subspecies are recognized, differing most significantly in beak size. More northerly subspecies are widespread. The two southern subspecies, (the forest red-tailed black cockatoo and the south-eastern red-tailed black cockatoo) are under threat.

The species is usually found in eucalyptus woodlands, or along watercourses and is commonly seen in large flocks in Northern Australia. Red Tail Black cockatoos are seed eaters and cavity nesters, and as such depend on trees with large diameters, generally Eucalyptus.

The threats to South East Australia Black Cockatoos are deforestation and habitat alterations. Of the black cockatoos, the red-tailed is the most adaptable to aviculture, although black cockatoos are much rarer and much more expensive in aviculture outside Australia.

The Redtails unique language

Redtailed Black cockatoo is diurnal, raucous, and noisy, and is often seen flying high overhead in small flocks, sometimes mixed with other cockatoos. In northern Australia, it is common to see 500 birds in flocks. When food sources are abundant Cockatoo flock in animated conversation, otherwise, they are generally shy of humans. In northern and central Australia, birds may feed on the ground, while the two southern subspecies, graptogyne, and naso, are almost exclusively arboreal. They tend to fly rather slowly with intermittent deep flapping wingbeats, markedly different from the shallow wingbeats of the similar glossy black cockatoo. They often fly at a considerable height.

The Redtails struggle with mortality

Like many Australian cockatoos and parrots, the red-tailed black cockatoo is threatened by the thriving illegal trade in bird smuggling. High demand and high transit mortality mean many more birds are taken from the wild than sold.

The bird is part of an annual census, the Great Cocky count, that has been held every year since 2009 to track the population change of Red Tail and other black cockatoos.

The allegory

Within the culture of these beautiful creatures is a host of knowledge beyond comprehension. An inner world of science and engineering, and the outer world of visible beauty and aerodynamics. This mixed with animated caricature make it a unique species of bird.

Multitudes know this secret. The available allegory is available for all true seekers of the mystery of life’s beginnings, seasonal wonder, and natural maintenance.

The indigenous influence art disclaimer

My attempt to paint, study and replicate indigenous art is at its best, naive. In the best way, I know there is no way I would knowingly *disrespect a people group I dearly love and these are my best attempts to date.

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 citizen, I am honored and intrigued by indigenous peoples who give me much pleasure in their interpretive storytelling and dot painting. Paralleled alongside the rhythmic sounds of their music, didgeridoos, knocking sticks, dance, and song makers these gifted people are part of my inheritance.

I have a lot to discover as I embed what I learn crossing the bridge of understanding from my culture into indigenous culture.

My Godly inheritance

Part of my Godly inheritance inspires me to look forward to experiencing their offerings in heaven. There is no fear, hatred, prejudice, or offense there to darken what God created to be good in indigenous culture.

* Some have claimed I have no place using Aboriginal influences in my art because it is disrespectful to the sacredness of their culture. I disagree. My art is just as sacred because I have as much freedom as my brothers and sisters, to explore all wonders in the world of arts spirituality, and freedom of expression. I choose to honor them incorporating their beautiful art disciplines with mine while giving glory to God for our diversity. It is my opinion we should be celebrating one another’s storytelling and diversity seeking truthfully to love one another, without racial arrogance, and one-upmanship which helps no one. 

 


STATUS and MATERIALS

ORIGINAL FOR SALE   * Bid or tender for the original artwork. All offers are considered around $6,000.
Painted with professional oils on the fine weave, gesso primed cotton canvas for long life and stretched on New Zealand pine. Brushed dammar varnish protects the finished painting.
* A Provenance, coded Authentication of Sale Certificate and maintenance/care information is included with original painting and limited edition reproductions.

15 LIMITED EDITIONS “ACRYLIC ENHANCED” CANVAS REPRODUCTIONS
The full size 920 x 1220 (same as original) on stretch mounted archival canvas price is $2250 inc 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  |  420 x short side – $92
* Posters printed on fine art papers and treated with two coats of UV archival protection spray.


FASHION and PRODUCTS

Images from “The Red Tail Pleasure” is planned to be exhibited on Women’s Fashions through Vida and multiple product lines at Fine Art America


SHIPPING
  • 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.

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