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Wairua of the Huia by RavensLore Wairua of the Huia by RavensLore
This started out as a marker drawing of Huias with Huhu beetles. Then I colored it in Photo Shop.
The phrase in the ponga spirals is:
"Be of good cheer; although you are afar off, yet are our Wairua ever with you."
A Maori farewell. A Wairua is part of a spirit or soul. To learn about the extinct New Zealand Huia go to:
[link]

Enjoy

Tae a wairua te motu-huia, O Tara-rua I runga.
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:iconabbygoldsmith:
AbbyGoldsmith Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I really like your colors and designs.
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RavensLore Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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meihua Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007
lovely work :) it's so depressing to learn about the plight of endemic birds in NZ... is there a single species that isn't endangered?
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Very true. But they are still so delightful. I did the Milford Track on Christmas Eve one year and met a Fantail, a Weka, and a pair of Paradise Shelducks. They were all so friendly and beautiful. I just love it there.
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meihua Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007
That sounds so great! I would love to visit New Zealand someday, I love birds :)
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moonfeather Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
hi there sweetheart, good to see artings from you. its amazing now much you know about NZ. :)
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so pleased that you are here to notice it, not many other Kiwi eyes here.

I got my work Visa finally. I'll be in NZ some time around May of next year.
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moonfeather Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
omg thats wonderful :) Where will you be staying, north or south island? will you be working for a year or more? Im all excited now :D
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I think I'm going to the South Island first. But we'll be traveling around a lot. I'll apply for residency while I'm there. Not sure where I want to settle down yet. I'm working on a New Zealand Christmas Story children's picture book.
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moonfeather Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
sounds lovely. :) Oh im based in the south island, christchuch, so you can feel free to let me know if youre in the area and you and your partner are welcome to pop by for a wee chat and a tea or coffee :)
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.

It sounds like you must be doing well now.

Christchurch is so beautiful. I'm setting my children's book story in the Banks Peninsula area because it's so fanciful looking. I think I might use Sleepy Bay specifically.
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gunnerpig357 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
Yer good with equidistant lines...... that sounds stupid. Sorry, I just dumbed up your page.
Kisses to keelee!!!! Hee hee peeing puppy.
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Funny you say that about Keelee, she was having trouble peeing yesterday. But I gave her a vitamin C and a lot of water and she's better today.

I learned those "equidistant" lines working with you.

I miss your silliness silly.
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