Monday, April 4, 2011


This is one of my entries for the 2011 Birds in Art Exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. This 40" x 30" oil is of the New Zealand bush, or rain forest as it is known in other parts of the world.  And yes, there is a bird in it!  In the top third, left side, you'll see Piwakawaka or 'fantail'. 
I'm not sure if it is finished.  I'll lean it up against the studio wall and in a couple of days I may discover that nothing more needs to be done to it. 

The painting is titled Turangawaewae, a Maori word which literally means 'a place to stand' which translates to 'the place in this world where you are most connected'.  The New Zealand bush is my Turangawaewae.


  1. Perfect title for your painting, which is so rich and beautiful. Love how you have painted the light filtering through leaves and trees.

  2. Beautiful painting! I love how the foliage details come out of the dark background!

  3. It's a beautiful piece, Adele. I hope the jury agrees. It is obvious that this place tugs on your heart, it shows through in all its glory.

  4. Amazing painting and love, love, LOVE the title!!!