A TUI AND THE FLAX FLOWER – An appeal to the senses
tui flax flower pencil illustration
The Tui and the flax flower
An appeal to the senses
An appetite to be fulfilled
The Tui knows
I discovered old wedding photo frames to use up and the presentation in the this framed appealed to me. The old frame mount I whitewashed over. There was enough room within to place the Tui illustration and write the proverb in the oval. This created a nice result.
The original photograph of the Tui has won awards in New Zealand and the USA.
I have included the image in my garden art series along with some limited edition, acrylic enhanced, photo art pieces.
This is a chiaroscuro pencil illustration on fine art archival and acid-free papers. Chiaroscuro (Italian for light-dark) in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition.
Why I like Tui?
There are many reasons why I find Tui appealing. They are a highly intelligent bird, very active and agile and the beautiful colors in their feathers just sparkle in the right light conditions. What would it be like to train a few as pets? If Tui were trained from the hatchling, I guess it would be easy. As an adult, no way. Independent and bossy their independence would far exceed your patience.
I see many allegories in their character.
Perhaps you have not heard the end of my fascination with Tui!
Where next will they turn up in my art?
STATUS and MATERIALS
ORIGINAL FOR SALE – * Reproductions are available
6b and 4b lead pencil on archival, acid-free watercolor paper and mounted on gesso primmed artboard. The illustration is protected with matt UV archival varnish.
* Originals and Limited Edition reproductions supplied with Provenance, coded Authentication of Sale Certificate and maintenance/care information.
25 LIMITED EDITIONS “PENCIL ENHANCED” FINE ART PAPER REPRODUCTIONS
Please ask about frames, sizes, and price.
* Pencil enhanced Giclée Fine Art Papers.
75 LIMITED EDITIONS CANVAS REPRODUCTIONS *
Unframed sizes | 960 x short side – $1150 | 650 x short side – $925
Printed on long life archival canvas and protected with two coats of UV archival protection spray.
* Stretch mounted reproductions will incur added charges for mounting and freight.
OPEN EDITION POSTER ART PRINTS *
Unframed sizes | 594 x short side – $145 | 420 x short side – $95
* Posters printed on fine art papers and treated with two coats of UV archival protection spray.
FASHION and PRODUCTS
- 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.