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11-24-2003, 02:12 AM



Title: New Zealand's Little Flycatcher
Year Created: 2003
Medium: Acrylic
Surface: Board
Dimension: 24
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

Hi there, this is my first posting for a while. The idea of this piece is to portray a sense of Kiwiana (New Zealand flavour).

We have a beautiful shell here called a Paua, it's primary colours are pinks blues and greens, these colours I have created as a theme to my painting.

I do not wish this to be a realistic painting, but rather a painting that gives my clients/perusers the essence of Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud.

The bird is NZ's little flycatcher also known as a Fantail. He is delightful and cheeky, one even coming up to me and pecking me on my leg just the other day. They are delightful and playful little birds.

The abstract pattern is a play with NZ bone carving patterns. I really hope you enjoy this piece, it meant to be fun.

Would love to hear your thoughts. - Manukarose.

I just really would like to know, if the painting comes across as disjointed or harmonious, as I am trying to portray a sense of tranquility that my country embues.

11-24-2003, 02:51 AM
I think you captured the look you were going for Manukarose.

Sort of a abstract/ realistic/ symbolic painting huh. Not sure about your culture so I can't really say if the people of your land will need any explaining or not. As far as being tranquil...I think it's a bit busy in the foreground. Just my opinion.

I was looking past your painting to your yard..... now I would love to see more of that LOL sorry...your yard looks like Eden. Love all that greenery ...awesome!!

Thanx for sharing your painting and hope to see more of your work. Brad

My Website (http://www.artbybradgreek.com)

11-24-2003, 04:29 PM
G'day there brad - Thanks for your comments I found them both honest and useful.

Yes I love my garden, its 2/3rds of an acre, with almost every tree imaginable in NZ. I am so proud of my 38 rose bushes and my dear Weeping Willow. I gain so much inspiration from my surroundings.

Hope to hear some advice from you again - Manukarose

11-24-2003, 07:30 PM
the cropping of the lower breathes better.
this can be more important than including all the things you want in composition.