Art is not my forte, I am not a connoisseur of art but over the years and my travels, I have developed my own appreciation of art, and respect for those who bring nature and the world to life.
Over the years I have collected a number of paintings from various artists, which are proudly displayed on my walls.
I have three beautiful paintings from my Chilean Aunty, that were given to us back in 2004, Aunty Theresa, or in Spanish, Tia Theresa is a great South American artist, and comes from a long line of South American artists. Many of their family artwork hangs in the Museums in Santiago Chile.
I have a number of paintings from my good friend John Prowse here in Mildura, John and I have a relationship, through being both Vietnam Veterans. John has been recognised as an artist in his own right, in that later this year he will be hosting his own exhibition of his works.
So the subject of art brings me to the point of my post today, I keep an eye out for art that is outstanding and tells a story, abstract art has no appeal to me, sorry Picasso et ilk.
Last year on our travels to Coober Pedy outback South Australia, we visited the Umoona underground museum; therein we found a gallery of art.
One piece of art immediately attracted my eye, at first sight it appears to be two birds standing in water, I took a closer look, and with Ana we saw the story behind the painting.
The painting was done by the Australian artist, Helen Jenkins, whose works are known throughout Australia, and internationally renowned.
We purchased the painting and a couple of other works of hers, from the underground museum.
I would like to share with you, this beautiful painting, Helen paints with a true appreciation of the rawness of Australia.
I have divided the pictures into four parts, the first picture is the original painting, the other three are depicting the segments of the original.
This is the original painting by Helen Jenkins
This is the original painting but I have zoomed in to show you the Aboriginal warrior to the left of the birds.
This zoomed in focus shows the top half of Helen’s painting, close inspection will show three Aboriginal warriors on the ridge behind.
This final segment of Helen’s painting depicts an owl and what appears to be, a blue wren.
Overall Helen’s painting is telling a story, a story of Aboriginal bygone days, the days the Aboriginals call the Dream time.
The warrior is part of a hunting party, his stealth can be appreciated by his closeness to the birds he has around him, he is stalking food around a billabong, or as some call it, a backwater or water hole.
Overall a picture that tells a great story, and beautifully painted by a great artist.