EYES – Windows through which to see the world with … both friend and foe alike.
In the South West and Kimberly Regions of West Australia, I became intrigued by the pelican’s functionality and family dynamics. Watching them in graceful flight, feeding, sleeping and in the flock has left a lasting impression on me. In 1995, I viewed an image in Australian Geographic photographed by Mike Langsford*. The image became the foundation for this Pelican oil painting parable. I made many adjustments, particularly with the seagulls and chose to photograph gulls in flight to complete the vision.
This was a technically challenging painting to capture the drama in Mikes photo. How could I create depth of field in this Pelican oil painting parable? The depth of field is the photographic term for focus area giving a 3D effect. I wanted to concentrate on the eye as the center of attention. Why the eye? Well, images are seen by eyes and decisions are made from a perception of what is seen. This inspired me to question the decision-making process after what is seen.
* Used with permission
The unhappy Pelican oil painting parable artist
I wasn’t happy with the way the frightened gull’s wings were so I went to Goat Island Marine Reserve, New Zealand with my mother and had her throw bread in the air for the gulls to devour. There I was, laying on the ground with the camera pointed toward the heavens knowing/hoping I would capture the image of my inner vision. That was wings in a certain place of movement. It was also a challenge to create non-light areas like the black of the feathers without using black paint. Ask me how I did that and I will tell you.
A developing story
The story developed as I painted. What an amazing creature. Then I went into this diversion. The bill/beak and the pouch are like the trunk of a car. When we go food shopping we put our goods in the boot to take home and then separate them into their different receptacles for use later on, which of course will sustain and fuel our bodies needs. The pelican uses its bill to capture food to transport into its pouch for separation to different regions in its body for chemicals to break down the food. The process converts to fuel to sustain energy for living. These are as essential to its needs as are ours to collect and store food.
Now back to the main parable in this Pelican oil painting parable. Interestingly, as I was painting I asked the question;
Why was the seagull frightened?
1 – The pelican was attacking the seagull for being in the pelican’s space?
2 – The seagull was frightened unnecessarily while the pelican washed its bill and pouch. An act of Pelican domestics
3 – The Pelican was masterly devouring unseen fish for dinner?
I will never know, but the truth is the seagull was frightened. Only one reason for the 3 thoughts I have just mentioned was worth being afraid of.
The intent of the painting
I reasoned, there are times when unreasonable fears invade our heart when we don’t know what is a good fear to take notice of or a bad fear to reject. This is all a part of seeing both externally and internally. The natural eyes see the world, the eyes of the heart dream dreams and the eyes of the spiritual hunger for truth. “The greatest gift God gave to man is is not sight, it is vision because sight is a function of the eyes which see the natural world and vision is a function of the heart which is the true essence of the human spirit”. A dysfunctional heart fears incorrectly. Impaired interpretation comes from dysfunction. A truly functional and healthy heart will make decisions on product vision and that is wisdom, the true elixir of life on earth.
So at the end of this journey of thought, I realized there are Pelicans all over the world, including America, and the logical conclusion is that this oil painting of wildlife could find a place as interior decoration in Sydney Australia or as easily on a New York wall.
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• Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards, NZ.
• Birkenhead Licensing Trust Art Awards, NZ
• Mairangi Art Awards, NZ
• Great Summer Holiday Art Awards, NZ.
• Artivita International Art, Honorable Mention, USA.