Sun Shining on the Rain
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Original painting SOLD, acrylic & flashe on canvas, 1160 x 1120mm (including frame), 2016
Print sizes and editions (limited to 95)
- Regular archival paper - 700 x 700mm
- Large archival paper - Available on request
Available in square or circle prints
Your unique limited edition fine art print
- Sofia Minson creates your exclusive signed print
- We ship for $25 in NZ and $49 internationally
- Your artwork arrives rolled, ready to be framed - do you need help? Request framing guidance
The story of Sun Shining on the Rain
"Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"... "It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine..."
― Frances Hodgson Burnett from the 1911 novel The Secret Garden
Sofia was listening to an audiobook as she often does while painting, and came across this poetic description of spring in the novel The Secret Garden. The timing was serendipitous as she was working on two artworks of native tui perched in front of yellow springtime kowhai flowers bursting out from a dripping grey watery background. The two parts of the quote have become the titles of the two sister artworks, which both speak of our unique native flora and fauna during springtime here in Aotearoa.
Guardians of the natural world
Like all of Sofia's native bird and wildlife paintings, she sees the work as a reminder of our role as kaitiaki or guardians of the natural world.
The forest is a living thing
just as I breathe and live.
Every leaf, every tree,
every insect, every bird,
feels and knows this.
When I enter its domain,
I know I enter the House of Tāne.
- From Maori Natural Lore
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