Te Rerenga o te Toutouwai 2022 by ellaquaint

  • Te Rerenga o te Toutouwai 2022 by ellaquaint


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

A brave little Toutouwai / Kakaruwai / South Island robin flits into view. The motion of the indian ink gesture implies the toutouwai's flight path. They are among my most favourite adventure buddies while hiking through forests. I have had them perch on my foot as well as dive bomb me to protect it's nest, while I was assisting a DOC ranger count nestlings.

Te Reregna o te Toutouwai 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 South Island Robin

Free tracked shipping within NZ. He will be carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and within corrugated cardboard to protect him.

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