A PILLAR OF HEAVEN – Hope brings joy in the dance
Surreal digital photo art Galahs flight
With eyes to see
The treasury of heaven
THE STORY – Oil painting in production 2018
Surreal digital photo art Galahs flight was inspired by the series “The Seeds of Hope bring Joy”.
After a series of photos, this story begged to find a surreal edge. Surreal digital photo art Galahs flight needed expressions of wonder and delight created in the image. 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 extra pleasure in noticing them enjoying you? This child-like pleasure in the growth of a dream 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 of water at “Jurien Bay”, West Australia.
* PS. Many have never experienced emotional joy. Ian is sensitive to your pain but he says this, “There is hope”. Believe him. He now lives free from confusion, bitterness, suicide, unforgiveness, rejection, sexual and substance abuse, depression, hopelessness, and homelessness.
A little information
The Galah can be known as the Rose-Breasted Cockatoo, Galah Cockatoo, Roseate Cockatoo or Pink and Grey Cockatoo. Galah’s are one of the most common and widespread Cockatoos found in open country throughout mainland Australia.
Galah’s are known to reach 80 years of age living in captivity and a quality diet is strictly followed. The Galah socialize 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 Galah’s is about 40 years of age.
Like most other cockatoos, Galah’s create strong lifelong bonds with their partners.
I chose the pillars idea from this thought. Dip your toes in water after a long weary journey and delight, a pillar of heaven stimulates new life.
Any person who builds their faith upon the wisdom from heaven will only dance with joy in discovering the freedom promised. 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 true father’s affection for offspring is lived out in the 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 the Galah’s actions left me with questions … Why? This lead 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 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. When you 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.
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 Aboriginal. I admire these people and see a lot of great wonder in how they show their culture in art and music. As my perceptions develop I will include a combination of western fine art disciplines. What is common to all people is the want for cultural identity. We want to worship something greater than ourselves and tell the story of what our culture says.
In this image, I further developed my research into indigenous art storytelling from the Australian Aboriginal. I admire these people and see a lot of great wonder in how they show their culture in art and music. As my perceptions develop I will include a combination of western fine art disciplines. What is common to all people is the want for cultural identity. We want to worship something greater than ourselves and tell the story of what our culture says.
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 recognized globally. On the surface, the dot is simply a style of Aboriginal painting, not dissimilar to the use of cross-hatching or stencil art used in the Western art.
Exploring deeper into the history of the Aboriginal dot painting you discover a world of camouflage, secrecy, and ritual. 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.
I have researched this information from many sources.
Indigenous art inspirations
Dreaming design is outlined with dancing circles and surrounded by 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 and now venturing further into West Australia) artists used a process which originally mirrored traditional spiritual ceremonies.
The desert soil is cleared and smoothed mimicking a canvas like the dark, earthy boards Papunya Tala use. The canvas is prepared for an inscription of sacred designs. The designs replicate movements of ancestral beings (spirits) upon earth.
The Aboriginals wanted to express this spirit world
When the ceremony is complete the earth is smoothed over and painted bodies rubbed away, masking the Aboriginal secrets which 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. To portray these dream time creation stories for the public has required the removal of sacred symbols and the careful monitoring of ancestral designs.
Today, these secrets have become known with modern technologies and communication systems.
My reasons for journeying into indigenous art forms
I am curious about all mankind 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 findings and blend multiple art disciplines into a mix of expression to honor Jesus the founder and maker of all. Jesus arrived with a message of reconciliation. Without condemnation, He gives all mankind the hope and revelation of our true roots. God loves me without condemnation. He loves indigenous people without condemnation. It is my firm belief God wants to give us all a revelation of a spirit world that is greater than what we already know.
My quest is to explore and create what I find in cultures and blend through multiple art disciplines. To show what is true and shine a light on the deception that is invading what God made to be good for our planet.
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