Zenaida is the name of the general family of the Arizona Mourning Doves (wonderful guests to my deck), but this dove has a far more specific 'species' and due to its progress and intention a much further meaning. The Parakletos (Greek for Helper, Advocate) is known to Believers as the gift that distributes the gifts of discernment, wisdom, understanding, navigation through life, conviction if necessary, a new language if desired, and various other skills that are almost too good to believe. He is mentioned throughout scriptures starting at the second sentence of the first book to the New Testament where Christ promised the disheartened disciples a helper to know and judge and boldly step forward, appearing in a breath of flames over (and in) each of them. And what a fiery helper he is, even in the field of art!
The original oil painting is 36x36" on deep edge canvas and has already found a new home. It is part of the 'Helos' series. The series features very dynamic, large-format contemporary bird portraits. Blending detailed realism and bold brush strokes these 3-4 foot canvases make a strong statement. The first paintings in this style originated during the spring lockdown, when I specifically enjoyed the many birds buzzing outside my studio in the pines. I aimed to capture the grace, movement and spirit of these birds by using different techniques to add layers. Some of my Helos style paintings (incl. hummingbirds, cardinals, owls, and even horses) are painted traditionally in oil on canvas, some are layered paint in various coats of art resin, and some are even painted on multiple acrylic layers mounted on top of each other. (side note: one of the latest offshoots of this effort are my new, unusual hummingbird sculptures).
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