Playful Hummingbirds


Oil on canvas (original dimensions: 40”x30”)

I have many hummingbirds in my backyard and they sound different than most birds. Their flight patterns are also different, at times flying straight up and then shooting back down quickly. One day, as I was walking down the street hummingbirds where playing in front of a bottle brush tree. I decided to paint them with the inclusion of water.

The biblical verse in this painting is:

‏”גם ציפור מצאה בית דרור קן לה אשר שתה אפרחיה ה’ את מזבחותך ה׳ צבאות מלכי ואלקי אשרי יושבי ביתך עוד יהללוך סלה אשרי אדם עוז לו בך מסילות בלבבם שמש ומגן ה’ אלקים חן וכבודיתן ה’ לא ימנה טוב להלכים בתמים ה’ צבאות אשרי אדם בטח בך”

“Even the bird finds it’s  home and the free bird her nest where she had her young.  O to be at your alters Hashem master of allegiance my King and my God.” (Perek Shira – Psalm 84:4)

A loving mother bird will not return to its nest if its young are missing. It will fly tirelessly to find them and bring them home. Israel in exile, without its temple and lacking the security of its mothers loving wing, is like a missing chick. It longs for God’s altar and God longs for its repentance so that he can bring it home for good. (ArtScroll Perek Shira)

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