IT’S A RICH LIFE – Indigenous art oil painting to open our eyes and see the glory of it all.
Rich beyond compare
Dreams in your heart
Discoveries in your hand
A good life in gratitude
Disciplined and planned
Glories to behold
Only for those
Brave and bold
Heaven to earth
Poverty to Riches
The wondrous story told
A new birth
Come to my table
Learn how to dine
We shall drink
Observing all the beauty and wonder seen around me gave inspiration for this painting. It welled up in my spirit to express gratitude toward God for such a marvel. A question arose in this artist’s heart, “How can I capture the symbolism riches in a life I am grateful for”? I wanted something to oppose ingratitude and the complaining about what we don’t have? What can I do to stop complaining about all this doom and gloom stuff”?
On one of my journeys in a Fijian village, I recall a story about the symbols in a piece of indigenous art. The story depicted family life, togetherness, and happiness expressed in symbols. Australian Aboriginal dream time art, North American Indian and New Zealand Maori art all contain similar expressions.
I chose to borrow those concepts to blend this eclectic piece of Indigenous art oil painting. My photographs include an image of spring, a loaf of bread, a crystal glass of red wine, Silver Eyes and a Tui. I chose NASA photos from the internet with my interpretation of indigenous storytelling.
The darkness and suffering in the world are not unseen by myself and this led to a thought. “If I am not rich in my thoughts of gratitude, how can I share with others how to rise above the poverty of thinking negatively? How can I teach others to enjoy all the riches that we have so readily available? Whether extreme wealth or a few clothes and some food and income, how can we give back to others? Dare I say it, even to our perceived enemies”?
The Indigenous Storytelling in Art
This Indigenous art oil painting with embedded stories unfolded from the idea that all mankind has a common thread. As creatures of pleasure, we want our stories told. The want for recognition, the want for peace and want for our ideas protected are all heart cries. We want answers. We are unique and yet there is something missing.
Who or what do we thank for all this wonder? Why have we all created our own cultures with our own inherent belief structures, good and bad philosophies, religions and politics trying to defend ourselves against the hidden evils we as a natural man all fear? Like it or not, we are all in this messy soup mix. Unless we allow a master chef teach us how to create the best flavor, to love our neighbor, we will all be discarded, only good for compost!
North American Indian Symbols
Indian symbols are used decoratively and symbolically as the visual language. Symbols were used for many purposes to depict the language of life, nature and the Indian spirit. The American Indian viewed all things as having a spirit, whether it was animate or inanimate and could be touched and seen, or not seen. They thought of the universe as being all-encompassing – holding the powers and secrets of deeper meaning.
They communicated their history, thoughts, ideas, and dreams from generation to generation through the symbols and spoken words.
This thinking is consistent with all spiritual and religious thought in all cultures. The symbols used conveyed profound beliefs and perceptions. We continue that tradition In our western culture. For example, we only need to look at computer language symbols. Symbols are an inherent part of our human communication systems.
The American Indians used symbols to evoke help from the spirit world. The Native Americans had a trained awareness of everything around them and they strived to live in harmony with their known world and their universe.
They cherished their horses and used horse symbols for protection, courage, strength, and honor. The horse’s body and head became the canvas to paint the symbols on. They also represented the rider’s affection for his horse.
I have used multiple sources for the random choices I used in the painting. While researching the subject it became clear there are no clearly defined lines about why one symbol was used over another.
The only common thread I found was this. Given the varied number of tribes, it is understandable that many symbols were used by different tribes with different interpretations. However, they were all used in keeping with the same belief in spirit and universe. The symbols are a common language in the local tribe.
For this painting I randomly chose
1. Star – Hope and guidance
2. Raincloud – Change, renewal & fertility
3. Eagle – Courage, wisdom, and strength
4. Horse – Purity, stamina, nobleness, courage, power, independence of spirit, freedom to roam and pride.
5. Butterfly – Transformation, fertility, everlasting life
6. Dragonfly – Happiness, speed, and purity
7. Bear – Courage, physical strength and leadership
8. Fish – Water and the flow of life from the Earth
9. Mountain range – Majesty, abundance
New Zealand Maori Art
In the Maori world, the Mangopare hammerhead shark symbolizes natural abundance, strength, agility, and determination. The respected qualities of the predator are symbolized in the Koru pattern. The Koru (Māori for “loop”) is a spiral shape based on the shape of the unfurling silver fern frond. The art symbolizes new life, growth, strength, and peace. It is an integral symbol in Māori art.
Warriors sought to emulate these qualities on the battlefield and in life to meet their goals. The Maori artists chose this representation to inspire determination to meet desired goals.
Australian Aboriginal Art
I love the vibrancy and symbolism of Native arts, particularly, Aboriginal dot painting. The language in Dot paintings is unique and integral to Australian Aboriginal art and recognized globally. On the surface, the dot is simply a style of Aboriginal painting. This is not dissimilar to cross-hatching or stencil art used in the Western art. Exploring deeper into the history of the Aboriginal dot painting you find a world of camouflage, secrecy, and ritual thinking.
What the Aboriginal depicted in their want to worship from their culture I now use to explore the visual medium from my culture to tell the stories of what I see. I am indebted to God for the Aboriginals hunger in storytelling and the simple use of what was at hand. The search for the invisible supernatural world is so clear in their art stories.
The above information I from many sources and I can’t vouch for its perfect accuracy.
Western World Art
As a western thinking capitalist, with good intent, I come from the mindset of reconciliation to our author’s good advice. I have often wondered how those of my fellow species express their knowledge and gratitude of living through their cultural traditions. In the light of it all, the marvel in this work of art is small. A meager offering of contemplation! How do others use their visible language in the arts and modern hieroglyphics to express what they think? Their spirituality, Dreamtime, wanting to link with a supernatural reason where we came from and where we are going is natural. Spirituality is deeply ingrained in the human spirit.
Like us, it is embedded and expressed through culture in the arts. My culture and my Dreamtime is to touch a small part of our joint vulnerabilities of expression on this planet. As common beings separated in this mystery, “Who is the God who gave such a rich planet to live upon and where does He dwell?”
There about 6500-6900 languages spoken in the world today. To reach into the heart behind the barrier of ignorance, that barrier of translation, one first needs a key. That key is having a passion for truth and an empathy for love and kindness. This willingness to acknowledge our need to be neighborly is our manufacturers good intent and has always. The missing link we were all born under is the common malady of mankind so confusing of our true identity. This allegory is a very small depiction of that sentiment.
From this painting, I have created a women’s fashion series “Indigenous Dreaming” in collaboration with Vida America. Go to this link to buy shear wraps, scarves, modern tees, essential tops, accent pillows, jewelry, tote bags, and more.
My “Feast” fashion label is created as an art gallery runway on the streets of the world. This idea was birthed from a vision to take my art into the public arena with a positive truth filled statement embedded in visual beauty and educational allegories. Alongside “Feast” we have created a brand called “Yeast” which carries up-building word art and poetry on clothing. Watch for further development in late 21017 early 2018.
Have you ever asked the question … Why?
Are we alone or does gratitude for love belong to a Divine worthy of recognition? Was there a primal explosion with no creative mind behind the mass of dust and molecular particles? Or is there a supernatural mystery, a person with a benevolent heart to thank? Spinning out of control until through eons of time ending up as a small bird hungry for some nectar in the middle of a universe that will never self-destruct. A huge question to ask in the face of all the opinions of experts, the giants of philosophy, religions, politics, and science, hungering for answers and the millions of books, movies, articles written, paintings painted, arguments argued, only to attest to something that none of us were alive to witness! That is a wonder in itself. Why?
For myself, I have bowed before His Majesty, in the realm outside of time, the supernatural in the world of the spirit, in which our natural eyes and mind cannot fathom. God instigated it all. Jesus is there at the beginning and the end and created every particle of dust, the structure of every molecule. He saw it take place and it is He who has every evidence of proof that gave us what we have today.
The wingspan of the Silver Eye is an engineering marvel. Supported by biological and chemical transactions, DNA codes and a mind with a purpose, these creatures are full “I’m hungry”. Our bodies too, are full of that same extraordinary wonder. For all this wonder I give thanks to the one and only Sovereign, beyond the realms of my biologically engineered eyesight.
All creation has a use by date
All you see, everything under the sun, has a use-by date. This includes you and me, the shoes we wear, the hair on our heads and youth passing into old age. Our fathers die, today’s technology becomes a thing of the past. The only thing constant is change. Or is it? Under the sun, yes, but in the heart of God is absolute stability and changeableness.
God has never changed in His never-ending mission of love and goodness. He is not afraid of Isis, He is not afraid of financial collapse and He is not afraid of end times doom and gloom theology (You know … the end is coming mentality!). The future and all its wonder of what is before mankind is a wonderful story. Let Jesus take the scale off your eyes and the future will brighten up. Jesus extends His mercy to all. For those badly abused and the abusers, there is hope. This reflects true forgiveness and faith.
He has made, “believe it or not”, the end better than the beginning. He has warned us of all the troubles we have perpetuated in between the beginning and the end. That is the wonder of this physical universe we live in. Under the guidance of heavens counsel, those who have accepted His mercy, kindness, and forgiveness, know peace and rest. A born-again new spirit that rises up within to new passions and excitement of life’s real purposes becomes the foundation that is more than optimism. Never blind to the spirit of stupid on mankind but open to heavens vision for the earth.
Because of this rebirth we all the richer in praise for the simple things we see, to smell, to touch, to taste and to hear. The bread, wine, wildlife, indigenous art, universe and skill of a man’s creative craft are all in the show. The symbols represent joy-filled wonders. Many bad news events and rumors, stir up imagined fears which rob us of life’s riches and the freedom to enjoy.
Disciplining yourself to consistently look for the good all around, amidst the madness of this unfortunate malady in a mostly Godless world, teaches you to guard over the issues of your heart. Seek God who is just and merciful and do not let fear have its place. This will offer you a more abundant life. If you have established your friendship with the King of Kings, you will be fearless. Your reward will be one of supreme richness. He loves you despite your failures.
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Painted on the fine weave, gesso primed linen canvas for long life integrity. The work is stretch mounted proudly on New Zealand pine with dammar varnish finishing.
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