Te Rerenga o te Piwakawaka (Pango) 2022 by ellaquaint

  • Te Rerenga o te Piwakawaka (Pango) 2022 by ellaquaint


305mm x 305mm x 35mm
Indian ink, gesso, Schmincke Aero Colour and Golden Acrylics on linen canvas

An acrobatic little black morph piwakawaka / fantail loops before us. Another of my favourite hiking companions. With so few black phase piwakawaka in the North Island,  I had only seen 2 until adventuring down in the Te Wai Pounamu / South Island. The recessive genetic mutation is much more common down here. Because I wanted the rendering of the bird to contrast to the black of the ink, I layered up browns, blues and payne's grey to create a richness and depth to the darker hues.

Te Reregna o te Piwakawaka (Pango) is part of my Fight or Flight series. The recent works that I painted all feature manu / birds that are celebrating the joy of flight. 
During the painting process their personalities evolve, taking on a wairua of their own. 

The title of this work literally translates to The Flight of the Fantail

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