The “Bird Dreaming” series begins with ten earth seed paintings which were my “awakening” as an artist. The paintings have a playful naivety which happened spontaneously as I remembered my elders’ teachings while I drew on the earth as a child. The paintings show how through colours of the birds and their auras my people see the interconnectedness of Spirit and all life on earth. Every living being has a spiritual aura. Without an aura there is no earthly form. I am inspired to paint birds as they are our spiritual messengers from Biralu to show us how to live in oneness with Spirit on earth and look after country.
The stories in these paintings are part of my dreaming which began in the Dreamtime when Biralu, our Creator, plucked a golden instrument and sent Spirit through the veil. As Spirit spiralled anticlockwise downwards travelling from the east to west bundaiyan and all living beings were created. In flight birds show us how Spirit comes down, moves across country and goes back to Biralu. When Spirit reveals their aura to us, we see our physical and spiritual connection to country.
Each bird is painted from memory using acrylics on a 16”x20” (40cmx50cm) canvas. The gold background represents the wisdom of Biralu and the birds face east to remind us that this is where Spirit enters and all life begins on earth. The story of the painting is told and understood through colours of the birds and their aura within their habitat. The colours of the birds and their auras show how each bird interacts with and adapts to the elements of their habitat in harmony and oneness with Spirit. I have put together a brief overview to highlight the connectivity between each bird and their habitat through their aura. A deeper understanding of the meanings and significance of colours and auras can be gained in our upcoming publication
Our Crested Pigeons earthy/nature aura is in contrast with their sky aura. When they are walking across the grassy plains with their heads raised we see their earthly and spiritual and connection to nature and the life-giving elements from the sky. Their silvery grey bodies tinged with black remind us that we will grow old and return to Biralu through the veil.
Our Fire-tails are well-camouflaged amongst the bushes and near the waterholes. Their aura shows us they live close to the earth and the veil. Their red and white markings and black in their aura remind us that our bloodline is always protected by Spirit.
The earth/nature/rainbow colours of our small parrots and their aura, surrounded by white, show us how Spirit moves through the atmosphere and all of creation on Mother Earth. This tells us that they live close to the veil and the life-giving elements that give us our earthly bloodline. In the sunlight, flying between trees, to the ground and back to the trees reminds us that Spirit brings beauty and joy to earth through the veil from Biralu.
The sky/nature colours of our tree parrots and their aura, surrounded by white, show us how well-camouflage and connected to Mother Nature within their habitat high up in the tree canopies. This tells us that they can choose to be seen or remain hidden in the canopy and through Mother Nature and Spirit we exist in both the conscious and unconscious realms. When we see them sitting high up on a branch, we are reminded that we are not alone as Biralu watches over all of us.
The earth/nature/rainbow colours of our large parrots and their aura, surrounded by white, show us their spiritual and earthly interaction with Mother Nature and the atmosphere. Their blue and green colours tell us of our oneness with the atmosphere as we, like all life on earth, need air to breathe. When we see them sitting in the trees we are reminded of our earthly bloodline connection to Biralu through the breath of life, water, Mother Nature and Spirit.
The earth/nature/rainbow colours of our Rosellas and their aura, surrounded by white, show us they are connected to Spirit and life on earth through the rainbow. This tells us that our earthly needs are provided by the elements for Spirit enters into us via the rainbow. When we see their brightly coloured bodies we are reminded of our ancestral bloodline connection to Biralu by the rainbow, atmosphere and movement of Spirit on Mother Earth.
The rainbow colours and movement in the aura of our Kingfishers show their Spirit connection to Mother Nature along our rivers and with the atmosphere. Their brown, white and blue markings tell us that they live in oneness with the river and trees along the bank. When we see them fishing in the river reminds us how to protect the trees and cleanse the rivers by keeping life in balance to ensure the continuance of the life-cycle on Mother Earth.
The sky/earth/water colours of our Kookaburras and their aura show us that they live in trees close to freshwater rivers and creeks. The violet and white in their aura tells us that the Spirit of creation comes to earth bringing light to guide us to the live-giving waters. When we see the white and brown bodies with brown, blue and black markings on their mostly white bodies we are reminded of our earthly connection to the birth/death/rebirth life cycle.
The earth/sky/nature colours of our Rainbow bee-eaters and their aura show how the rainbow of creation lives in the banks of our wetlands/waterways and feed upon our native bees in the trees. This tells us that for life to exist on earth and in nature everything from the soils to the wetlands/waterways to the trees to the bees must be kept in balance. When we see them flying out of the earth into the trees we are reminded that rainbows go from the sky into the ground and back again as we, like Mother Nature, need water to survive on Mother Earth.
The earthy aura of the blue Wrens surrounded by white shows their Spirit connection to the atmosphere and Mother Earth as they look for grass seeds and drink the dew drops from the leaves. Their bright blue colour tells us all life is connected to the water in the atmosphere and below the earth. When we see their grey and black markings we are reminded that we need food and water from Mother Nature to sustain us as we grow older and closer to the veil on our journey back to Biralu.
"We call Australia Bundaiyan. We belong to the land, water and all life upon Bundaiyan.
In oneness with Biralu through my art I bring my ancestral stories into being."