THE BIRTH OF VISION – In the shadow of my father’s glory
Surreal oil painting herons flight
Watch over your dream
Predators hunger to destroy
Due diligence in wise counsel
The elders of heaven have wisdom
Ready to deploy
Surreal oil painting herons flight – I am inspired to paint this from the series “Dancing with Joy” 1 & 2.
I was videoing friends windsurfing at Rangiputa, Kari Kari Peninsula, Northland, New Zealand when the strong guttural sounds of Herons me caught my attention. The sounds in the Macrocarpa tree above me challenged my dedication to the task at hand. I observed their habits and realized I had a new story to tell. Because of the strong wind, they looked like playing games in air currents and then landing for periods of rest. That was it, I must satisfy my want to capture these images. Later I would do some research to discover what behavior this was.
As I watched I saw the pleasure they were experiencing. It seemed to me the life they were showing was reflecting the glory God had placed in their character. I became hooked. After a series of photos, this story begged to find a surreal edge. Surreal oil painting herons flight needed expressions of protection and delight created in the image. Something like when a child plays securely under a father’s watchful eye. You will know what I mean if you have experienced this emotion. Do you remember when you first noticed, your natural father or your heavenly father’s joy* in enjoying you? The delight seeing a son or daughter playing with such child-like abandon in the growth of a dream is contagious.
* 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, un-forgiveness, rejection, sexual and substance abuse, depression, hopelessness, and homelessness.
I chose the pillars idea from this thought. 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. The pillars of truth echo the heart of true father’s affection toward his offspring. Forgiveness, hope, mercy and life everlasting.
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 life story unfolding left me with questions … Why? This lead me to discover another wonder of creation, awe and a deep expression of gratitude which welled up with love for God our father. I love Him without shame and when I see such amazing creativity in life I can only love Him for such wonder. It is true. When you set your mind to what is pure and clean, not on negative press, your spirit will have a continual feast. It will dance with joy. Guard over the thoughts of your heart … this is one of the pillars of heaven.
I have further developed my research into indigenous art storytelling from the Australian Aboriginal and New Zealand Maori. 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, they want to worship something greater than ourselves and to tell the story of what our culture says.
Maori art symbolism
The Maori consider the predator Mangopare shark a renowned symbol for natural abundance, strength, agility, and determination. The movement of the spine (symbolised in the Koru pattern) and warriors sought to emulate them on the battlefield to meet their goals.
Mangopare hammerhead art represents the qualities of abundance, strength, agility, and determination.
Australian Aboriginal art symbolism
I love the vibrancy and symbolism of Native arts, particularly, Aboriginal dot painting. Dot painting is unique to Australian Aboriginal art and recognized globally. On the surface, the dot is simply a style of Aboriginal painting not dissimilar to the 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
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. In such rituals, the soil would be cleared and smoothed over as a canvas. This was much like the dark, earthy boards used by the Papunya Tala. This was done for the inscription of sacred designs, replicating movements of ancestral beings upon earth as the Aboriginals understood the spirit world.
Dreaming designs outlined with dancing circles are often surrounded by a mass of dots. Afterward, the imprinted earth would be smoothed over and painted bodies rubbed away, masking the sacred 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 to all with modern technologies and communication systems.
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