bettina fine art
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the brush stroke January 27, 2016
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dececember 23 2015
Today after a year of downsizing and planning, I left my decades long home of Hawaii. I am now located in Portland Oregon as my first landing point. Not sure where I will end up, however this is a good start. Hawaii was proving to be too expensive and a relocation was the last option. While missing my beloved island home, I will look forward to new influences to affect new themes as well as continuing with Hawaiian themes. Will begin painting again as soon as I get settled and my supplies arrive from Hawaii.
This painting is called The Goddess of Cane Fire. She is the sister to an earlier painting called The Goddess of Cane. They are part of a series of modern Hawaiian goddesses that I have created. This was my entry in the 2013 Art Maui and it was accepted.
No matter what your feelings are about the controversial cane burns and I live in an area heavily affected by the burns, there is something very dramatic about them. The billowing, thick and mutlicolored smoke is hypnotic to watch. If the sun is out and it is blocked by the smoke it appears as red ball. Something you have to really see first hand. I did my part to capture it as I have seen it.
The clothing is representational of what the agricultural workers in the pineapple and cane fields wear. Both are jobs in a harsh environment which means wearing protective clothing.
The bird that is on the staff is the 'Alae 'Ula which is a Common Moorhen. It is an endemic species to the islands. In hawaiian mythology these birds were thought to have given the gift of fire from the gods to the Hawaiian people. This is due to the brilliant red marking on the bird's face.
The Goddess of Cane Fire - acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
12 x 36" - available