THIRST AND CHARACTER 1 – I was thirsty and you gave me drink
Tui feeding flight
Thirst and character
It is thirsty
And you gave me a drink
One with knowledge
Gives to another
What a delight to capture these images. As with “Thirst and Character 2” we set up a bowl of sugared water on my friend Barrie’s back verandah in the flight path of the Tui. I set the camera with a 200mm lens and a 1.4 converter. So many photos to choose from. The intelligence and communication of these birds, discovering the delicacy gave me the inspiration to consider the proverb in relationship to feeding others. It is based on knowing when you’re thirsty and hungry you find food to satisfy your need. Your hunger drives you to search and satisfy a desire.
Smart, swift, alert, the Tui is primed for action. There was a magic moment as we eyed each other. They, like me, were probably wondering “What will the next move be?”
Within the knowledge of feeding and drinking, we need the wisdom to know what choice is right. We don’t want poison, hence intelligence. Tui does not know how to mix the delicacy as we do. I knew what to offer and their pleasure was free. They had to discover it. One of the family tasted the pleasure and led the rest to the feast.
Being winter, with a shortage of nectar, only intensified their hunger for a new energy source.
These thoughts came from many readings in “The Constitution from Heaven – The Bible”. The Bible talks about being diligent in persistence, the glory of being, food for the stomach and food for the spirit.
Watching this family of Tui (New Zealand native bird) I found their energy, purposefulness and the knowledge to know where good food is, impressive. What’s more, it was free. The only work they had to do was listen to the call and fly to the offering. A free drink. God is like that. To receive from Him knowingly you have to discover where the offering is. To partake you listen, believe it’s free to receive and let your thirst take you to the bowl of living water offered.
This principle is found in all creation, be it feeding on the good which gives life or evil which brings death. When an enthusiast discovers something that they find pleasure in they will lead willing partakers to indulge. Note: Not all leaders lead to life!
When an enthusiast discovers something they find pleasure in they will lead willing partakers to indulge in the same feast. Note: Not all leaders lead to life!
THE MAORI ART SYMBOLISM
The Mangopare Shark in the Maori world symbolizes natural abundance, strength, agility, and determination.
This predators functions (symbolized in the Koru pattern as a backbone) were respected. Maori warriors sought to emulate them on the battlefield to meet their goals.
The wave motion in the design is symbolic of the backbone movement generating forward motion toward the desired prey. Finding true knowledge and wisely applying it leads to a desire fulfilled.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” Matthew 25:35 (NIV)
STATUS and MATERIALS
25 LIMITED EDITIONS “ACRYLIC ENHANCED” CANVAS REPRODUCTIONS
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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.
Multiple images photographed with a 5D and 7D Canon and digital illustration created on an iMac in Photoshop CC. The limited editions are acrylic color-enhanced to enrich the Tui feathers and stretch mounted proud on hardboard. All works are protected with brushed dammar varnish. The planned painting will be on fine-weave, gesso primed linen canvas.
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.
- 2018 Rodney Art Awards, NZ – 3rd place in 2 D art.
Judges comment – “Preservation and the power of our uniquely natural world. Sophisticated execution of a mixed media work”.