Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Animal Folktale Painting "Come Away With Me" by Nancee Jean Busse, Painter of the American West

Another in my series of animal/folktale series. Golden Plover. Here's the tale: Long ago there was a place where no people lived. It was beautiful; the sun almost always shone, the air was always warm, and the breeze was soft and sweet. Golden Plover knew about this secret paradise. She flew 6000 miles to get there every year to eat, rest, and play in the waves.When she flew, she never stopped to rest or eat. On her way over the ocean to this paradise, she flew over other islands; ones that were almost as beautiful. But on those islands the ground was rocky; there wasn’t enough to eat. Golden Plover and the rest of her flock flew on to the place where the food was more abundant. The island people watched the Golden Plover and her flock fly overhead, year after year; north in the spring, south in the autumn. Where were they going? Why didn’t they land, even for a day, on their island? What wonderful place were they headed for? These Pacific islanders were adventurous sailors, and they were tired of being hungry. The call of Golden Plover became irresistible. The islanders built their seaworthy outriggers, called upon their most brilliant sailors and navigators, and watched the skies. When the plovers flew overhead in the spring, the sailors and navigators loaded their boats with goats, chickens, plants, food, and families. They followed Golden Plover through rain, wind and rough seas for over 3000 miles. After weeks at sea, the plovers and the islanders landed, exhausted, on the warm, sandy Hawaiian shore. This new land was a beautiful paradise. There was plenty of food, water, and land for the plovers and the islanders to all live with peace and plenty. The islanders still honor Golden Plover for her bravery and strength.
This new land was a beautiful paradise. There was plenty of food, water, and land for the plovers and the islanders to all live with peace and plenty. The islanders still honor Golden Plover for her bravery and strength.

36"x24"x.5" Acrylic on yupo mounted on canvas board.
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