After the Storm

A better photo of my Rainbow Finch…

"After the Storm" Lady Gould's Finch, the Gouldian Finch. Oil painting by Joyce Brandon

"After the Storm" Lady Gould's Finch, the Gouldian Finch - Available in my Etsy shop.

You can currently find this painting for sale in my Etsy Shop.

After the Storm depicts the Gouldian Finch, a little feathered rainbow also known as Lady Gould’s Finch or the Rainbow Finch. The Gouldian Finch is native to Australia & although it is a very popular species among aviculturists, it was classified as “endangered in the wild” in 1992 – due in large part to habitat destruction & predation.

I selected the Gouldian Finch for this piece as a hopeful symbol for a peaceful & prosperous new year. I’ve always found rainbows fascinating & love the all encompassing palette embodied in this one little bird. As I painted I meditated on the biblical story of the great flood. The devastation of all life, and afterward, the promise of the rainbow. I also discovered that the rainbow has been an important sign in many other beliefs & mythologies. The Bifröst, a burning bridge connecting Midgard & Asgard in Norse tales. The gown of Iris, messenger to the Greek Gods. The rainbow is an amazing sight & one can easily understand why so many cultures attributed special meaning to it’s appearance. The Rainbow Finch seems to me a living piece of that magic.


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