Due to the costliness of Lapis lazuli when used as a blue pigment, early Christian art reserved its use for only the most revered subjects and almost exclusively for depictions of the Virgin Mary’s clothing.
In ‘Blue Joy’ we see an avian twist to the religious iconography. The Paschal red egg of Easter tradition also becomes the unborn Christ. The Kokako; Blue wattled, mysterious, and with the most haunting and beautiful call, The Virgin.
There is sorrow, but there is also elation.
Oil work on edged panel 450 x 600. Edges painted. See a short video of it here