Rara Avis, Eric’s drawing challenge

November 23, 2014

Long ago, the Earth was new and the first group of humans lived in a lush valley and children still had feathers running up and down their spines so they could fly. But the elders were afraid that the children would learn to love the sky more than the ground and leave them alone and so the elders said to the children, “Children, tuck your feathers under your shoulder blades for you will not need them. Stay here on the ground where you belong and let Eagle rule the skies”, and so the children were obedient and did as they were told. But soon the weather began to change and the valley became frozen and the elders died and the children were left alone.

The children cried to Eagle, “Oh Eagle, we gave up our wings so you can rule the sky. Save us, show us a way out of the valley so humans may survive .” Eagle, who was obliged to care for the children, said, “You cannot follow me out of the valley for my voice is too soft, but I will return with help.” And she flew away and the next day she returned with Gull.

“Follow the Gull children,” she said, “His voice is loud and he will lead out of the valley.”
So the children gathered the rest of their possessions and followed the piercing cries of Gull who led them on a secret path thru the mountains, out of the frozen valley, and down to the sea shore.

The children thanked Gull and he said, “Children, here at the shore Eagle and I will watch out for you together.” And from that day on, children, if you’re good and a little lucky, you can just catch glimpses of Gull talking to Eagle. But you are safe because they watch over you from high above the Earth.


link to Rara Avis
Thank you so much for this drawing challenge Eric.

“Tell me your secrets”

Oil on canvas, 18″x 24″ 😀

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  • Reply Dearinger Designs November 23, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Veronica, this is incredible! I really really LOVE it!!!!

    • Reply Veronica November 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Gosh Susan, thank you so much. 😀

  • Reply tinyWOOLF November 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    piercing as in a gull’s screech of a cry..? hey, i’ll be looking up at them in our tiny harbour here and think of your story! jeez, your painting looks góód! i loose myself inside its burned colours… magic? n?

    • Reply Veronica November 24, 2014 at 5:07 am

      Thank you so much Nadine. I love, LOVE mixing the oils into soft blends. One of my most favourite things to do and the medium I trained in as a child. I love everything about my oils. 😀

  • Reply Katrin November 23, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    thanks for this wonderful story!

    • Reply Veronica November 24, 2014 at 5:05 am

      You’re most welcome. 😀

  • Reply Carole November 23, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Beautiful, mesmerizing painting, Veronica. I’ll remember this story to tell my grandkids when we’re at the beach.
    Have a great week. xo Carole

    • Reply Veronica November 24, 2014 at 5:04 am

      Thank you so much Carole. It’s a good one, but I made the story up. Actually I was looking on-line for a First Nations legend featuring sea gull but it seems they largely ignored gulls…lol.

  • Reply eric November 23, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    That’s a beautiful painting Veronica, and a well choosen title. I love your story. Now I know how it all began:)
    Thanks for joining. – eric

    • Reply Veronica November 24, 2014 at 4:56 am

      Lol, thank you so much Eric. This was a fun challenge. 😀

  • Reply Stefanie Seltner November 23, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Oh first, your painting is wonderful, kind of mystic and very touching! And than to read that story, I never heard before, thank you very much, I love it! And I will have it in mind at my next walk on the lakeside.
    x Stefanie

    • Reply Veronica November 24, 2014 at 4:56 am

      Thank you Stefanie. I made the story up. 😀 It seemed to fit the painting.

  • Reply bkdonegan November 24, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Such a great creation story! and so nice that Gull gets an honorable role in it- as Gulls are so often thought of harshly in modern culture.
    Your painting is is so well done! This post was a real treat 🙂

    • Reply Veronica November 24, 2014 at 5:17 am

      Aw, thank you so much Jill. I know what you mean. I made the story up because I couldn’t find any reference to gulls in First Nations stories at all. But I really like gulls. 😀

  • Reply Lucia November 24, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Ah, thank you. But I belive, children still have feathers. I dream to find my inner child to remember how to fly. Great Story and atouching painting. Again, thank you.

    • Reply Veronica November 24, 2014 at 5:20 am

      Thank you so much Lucia, I believe you’re right! 😀

  • Reply Sharmon Davidson November 24, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Veronica, this is SUCH a gorgeous painting, and a beautiful interpretation of rara avis. The story is wonderful; I’m assuming it is a native American myth. One of my personal myths, expressed in many of my paintings, is about a girl with one wing, so this really fascinated me. also, I am writing a children’s story about the beginning of the universe, where the characters/creators are a heron and a crow. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Reply Veronica November 24, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Hi Sharmon, thank you very much. Actually, I made the story up…lol…but I do love Aboriginal legends and myths. Great that you’re writing a children’s book. I’d love to see it when it’s finished/published and get a copy for our little girls. 😀

  • Reply Tammie November 24, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    i bow to you and your creative abundance
    and i smile and am thankful to have a peak into your world
    i love your tale, was sucked in from the beginning
    and then your gorgeous dreamy painting-wow!

  • Reply Patrice A. November 25, 2014 at 7:10 am

    i love your story, it’s wonderful
    and that painting…. wauw
    i want to paint a gull for years now
    it’s my husbands nickname ;^))
    thank you for this wonderful post!!!!

  • Reply daryledelstein November 25, 2014 at 9:56 am

    another amazing creation …

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