Dura Palm are endemic to the rainforests of West Africa. They feature prominently in the daily lives of many of the Beti-Pahuin.
Unlike most of the trees that I've chosen, there is contention around this tree. A hybrid of the Dura, the Elaeis guineensis, or African oil palm, is being planted with the hope of bringing an economic boon to the area-- but runs the risk of disrupting and displacing the existing small scale farms.
This time, I've chosen to use the fruit of the tree to represent the over 20 clans of the Beti-Pahuin, and created seven stalks of the palm to represent the collective consciousness and spiritual awakening. Like the previous 22 pieces in the series, the rainbow background is a world sign of creation, divinity, good luck, hope, potential, harmony, connection, balance and spirituality.
Beginning to add the shapes with my 5/0 Grumbacher paintbrush.
The first layer of white. I like the transparent feel of the leaves, so I'm going to keep that.
I've had a couple of pieces spill over an edge or two, but this is the first one I've had that extended on all four sides:
"Leaves on the World Tree: Beti-Pahuin Dura Palm"
by Janin Wise
3" x 3" acrylic on canvas
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