New oil paintings – Tropical collection

Hello friends! This summer I was very creative and managed to finish my first oil painting collection. I chose to create a tropical collection because summer inspires me the most and I love the fresh and vibrant colors of a tropical beach and rainforest. So, I will present you today, 5 oil painting that I created with all my heart.

  1. Plumeria dream – Is an impressionistic flower painting and represents the plumeria flowers. You may know this flower by the name Frangipani and it is native to Central America. Is one of my favorite tropical flower and the one that inspired the entire collection. I wanted to paint this flower because is unique, delicate and interesting. I wrote an article about this beautiful flower some time ago, if you want, you can check this link: Plumeria. The symbolic meaning of this flower and painting is: new beginning, new life, charm, gracefulness, beauty.

    Plumeria dream – Limited edition, no. 1/5, Size: 24×18 cm (9,5×7 in)
  2. Sunset on the Island – This painting is one of my favorites. Everyone asked me why I keep painting these palm trees. These paintings are images of a dream. I love to travel and my dream is to visit a Caribbean Island some day. I had a vision of my self standing under a palm tree on a tropical beach at sunset and every time I think what to paint next, the only image I had for the first time in my head is a palm tree. Also, the palm tree symbolize honor, truth, value, vitality, protection, fertility, resurrection, aspiration.

    Sunset on the Island – Limited edition, no. 2/5, Size: 40×30 cm (15,7×11,8 in)
  3. Hawaiian hibiscus – This flower is also named Chinese rose and is native to West Asia. It`s a very common plant that grows almost everywhere, and they have multiple colors. I chose to paint it because even if it`s an exotic plant, I grew up with it and always reminds me of home. In culture this plant symbolize true love, sincerity and long term relationships. If you like to see more pictures with this beautiful plant, check this article: Hibiscus

    Hawaiian hibiscus – Limited edition, no. 3/5, Size: 24×18 cm (9,5×7 in)
  4. The bird of paradise – This flower is named Strelitzia or The bird of paradise, because it looks like a bird with the head down and opened wings. The birds of paradise are well-known for there beautiful colors, but none of the looks like this plant, the name was just a figurative form. The flower is originated in California and it`s the official flower of Los Angeles city and it is also the official flower for a ninth wedding anniversary.

    The bird of paradise – Limited edition, no. 4/5, Size: 16×16 cm (6,3×6,3 in)
  5. Toucan – The last painting from the tropical collection is a beautiful exotic bird. We can find this bird in the Amazonian rainforest and this is a `true` paradise bird. This creature represents communication and self-confidence since this bird is one of the noisiest and loudest creature of the forest.

    Toucan – Limited edition, no. 5/5, Size: 18×13 cm (7×5 in)

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The Goldfinch in art and symbolism

Hello friends! Today I present you my second painting from the `Birds` collection, `The European goldfinch`. As the previous bird painting, `the blue tit`, this one has a story behind it as well.etsy3The goldfinch is a common European bird, known by its scientific name, Carduelis carduelis. We can find it in Europe, North Africa, and recently was successfully introduced in Australia and New Zealand. The bird is recognized by the colors of its plumage which is golden-brown on the body and red on its head. Goldfinches are commonly kept and bred in captivity as pets, because of their distinctive appearance and pleasant song. Unfortunately, the popularity of goldfinches as a cage bird in Victorian Britain led to huge numbers being trapped to supply demand, causing the population to crash.


This bird might be common but its symbol is a strong one. It’s not much known that the goldfinch appear in the Christian symbolism. Because of its favorite food, thistle seeds, it is associated with Christ’s Passion and his crown of thorns. The goldfinch appears in many paintings of the Madonna and child, including the Madonna del cardellino or Madonna of the Goldfinch, painted by the Italian renaissance artist, Raphael (1505-1506). The painting represents John the Baptist offering a goldfinch to Christ as a symbol and warning of his future. An other painting with the same name, was painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1767-1770). It is also an emblem of endurance, fruitfulness, and persistence. Because it symbolizes the Passion of Christ, the goldfinch is considered a “savior”.


(Madonna of the Goldfinch – Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1767-1770) (right), Raphael (1505-1506) (left))

This little bird inspired many artists, not only painters. Antonio Vivaldi, composed a Concerto in D major for Flute “Il Gardellino” (RV 428, Op. 10 No. 3), where the singing of the goldfinch is imitated by a flute. Also, `​The Goldfinch` is title of a novel written by Donna Tartt, who won the Pulitzer prize for fiction, in 2014. A turning point in the plot occurs when the narrator, Theo, sees his mother’s favorite painting, `The Goldfinch` by Carel Fabritius (1654) in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


My own version of the goldfinch is a 13×18 cm oil painting on stretched canvas. If you are interested, you can find the original available on my shop .

etsy3The goldfinches on the railway paling were worth looking at
A man might imagine then
Himself in Brazil and these birds the birds of paradise

(The Great Hunger by Patrick Kavanagh)

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The story of a blue bird

the blue tit

Hello friends! Today I want to show you my recent painting and the story behind it. I named this piece `the blue tit`, after the bird with the same name. Actually, the real name of this bird is Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) and it is a common bird in Europe and Asia. It is easily recognizable by its blue and yellow plumage and small size.

I tried to reproduce the best that I could the color of the bird. In reality are way more details on its body. A typical Eurasian blue tit has an azure-blue crown and dark blue line passing through the eye and encircling the white cheeks to the chin, giving the bird a very distinctive appearance. The forehead and a bar on the wing are white. The nape, wings and tail are blue and the back is yellowish green. The underparts is mostly sulphur-yellow with a dark line down the abdomen. The yellowness is indicative of the number of yellowy-green caterpillars eaten, due to high levels of carotene pigments in the diet. The bill is black, the legs blue-ish gray, and the irides dark brown. The sexes are similar, but under ultraviolet light, males have a brighter blue crown. Young blue tits are noticeably more yellow. 

The blue tit – oil painting on canvas (13×18 cm) – 2019

This bird has an interesting story, even it is very common, and we can find it in parks or gardens in the early spring. The color of its feathers are pretty unique because blue is not a very usual color that we see on animals and people are generally attracted with unusual things. Maybe that is way through years in different cultures this bird received interesting symbols.

The Blue Tit symbolizes a loyal and faithful love, because this birds have only one mate in life. Blue Tits never fly far distances from their homes, so the sight of them always denote good tidings to a sailor. It would mean that land is near. Blue Tits are also believed to carry the spirits of sailors who have died at sea, to their home in heaven. The Blue Tit can represent the best things in life, in Celtic symbolism is seen as a powerful symbol. During the earlier eras of our life, Blue Tits were connected with the gods and the soul of those people who died. The Greek and Roman’s believed in gods who transformed themselves into Blue Tits. Killing a Blue Tit was considered to be an immoral practice.


This is a beautiful and simple bird with a powerful meaning of life. I hope you had the opportunity to see one, it is a magical creature indeed. But if you never saw one, I gave you the opportunity now. You can admire my reproduction of this tiny little bird, oil painted on canvas. If you want this painting on your home, you can get it from my online shop or send me an email if you need more information.

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Seagull photo shoot

The seagull

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Larus
Species: Larus argintatus


The seagulls are very interesting and clever birds. It`s amazing how they can learn and remember different behaviours such as stamping their feet in a group to imitate rainfall and trick earthworms to come to the surface. Also, an interesting fact about seagulls is that they can drink fresh and salted water, which most of animal can`t do, but they have a special pair of glands right above their eyes which is specifically designed to flush the salt from their systems.

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O pasare speciala – A special bird

Paunul este o pasare inconfundabila, de talie mare cu pene frumos colorate. Face parte din familia Phasianide, ordinul Galliformes, fiind reprezentat de doua specii: Pavo cristatus (paunul asiatic, albastru) si Pavo muticus (paunul verde). Aceasta pasare este arhicunoscuta datorita penajului impresionant, insa, specia prezinta un puternic dimorfism sexual ceea ce denota faptul ca indivizii arata foarte diferit in functie de sex. Masculul are corpul acoperit cu pene albastre sau verzi si o coada lunga si viu colorata. Datorita lungimii cozii, paunul nu poate zbura decat pe distante foarte scurte. Femela, spre deosebire de mascul, nu are un aspect la fel de spectaculos. Penele sale sunt colorate in nuante de maro si gri, iar coada este mult mai scurta si mai putin colorata.

DSC_0428Paunul este o pasare tropicala, cu origine in regiunea asiatica, fiind considerat simbol national pentru India. Datorita frumusetii sale, a fost domesticit in urma cu mai bine de 2000 de ani si folosit ca pasare decorativa in gradinile si curtile regale. In foarte scurt timp, specia s-a raspandit in diferite colturi ale lumii, este rezistenta la schimbarile de temperatura si de asemenea este o pasare longeviva, in captivitate traind intre 20-40 de ani.DSC_0383DSC_0389Mai rar si mai deosebit decat paunul albastru-asiatic, este paunul alb. Nu reprezinta o specie diferita, culoarea alba se datoreaza unor mutatii genetice suferite de paunul asiatic. Acesta poate fi intalnit in unele gradini zoologice sau in India, singurul loc unde aceste pasari traiesc si in salbaticie.


De-a lungul timpului, paunul a fost personajul principal in diferite mituri si legende. In hinduism se spune ca paunul este reprezentarea fizica a zeului Skanda, iar in Sri Lanka reprezinta puterea tunetului. De asemenea, multe dansuri indiene sunt inspirate din dansul de imperechere al acestor pasari. Desi nu este regiunea sa de origine, Europa, a adoptat paunul in culturile sale. Grecii il considerau simbol al zeitei Hera, iar romanii cresteau paunul pentru carnea sa, fiind considerata o delicatesa.DSC_0366.JPGAdela Teban

Pradatorul albinelor-European bee-eater

Prigoria (Merops apiaster) este considerata de multi ornitologi cea mai frumoasa pasare din Romania. Este originara din Asia si Africa, insa s-a adaptat foarte bine si in Europa. Fiind o pasare migratoare o intalnim la noi in tara pe timp de vara. Traieste in padure sau regiuni deschise de la nivelul marii sau pana la 2600 m altitudine. In Romania, prigoria vine in luna mai si paraseste tara la sfarsitul lunii septembrie.

Prigorie-Merops apiaster-European bee eater

Este o pasare mica, viu colorata cu corp alungit si aripi lungi. Zboara foarte repede si rezista mult timp in aer, iar de cele mai multe ori se hraneste din zbor. Are ciocul ascutit si incovoiat cu ajutorul caruia poate sa prinda mai usor insectele. Prigoria se hraneste cel mai des cu himenoptere (albine sau viespi). Aceste pasari traiesc in grupuri formate din mai multe specii de pasari, printre care si dumbraveanca. Se imperecheaza o singura data si depune aproximativ 5 oua pe care le cloceste 22 de zile. Cuibul prigoriilor este putin diferit fata de cuiburile obisnuite de pasari, acestea sapa galerii adanci de 50 cm pana la 3 m in sol sau stanci, loc in care isi depun ouale si le clocesc in colonii. Ritualul de imperechere este si el deosebit la prigorie, masculul ofera in dar cate o insecta femelei cu care vrea sa formeze o pereche, iar daca femela accepta darul vor ramane impreuna pe viata, formand o relatie foarte puternica.


Fiind foarte indragostita de insecte, a fost numita „dusmanul albinelor”, deoarece este hrana lor preferata. Mai mult decat atat, albinele nu pot rani in niciun fel prigoria deoarece aceasta este imuna la veninul lor, astfel albinele si viespii nu se pot apara din calea pasarii. O prigorie consuma in medie cam 100 de albine pe zi, iar o pereche poate consuma aproximativ 20000 pe sezon. Avand in vedere ca nu vaneaza niciodata singure cand dau peste un stup pot provoca daune foarte serioase apicultorilor. Acestia la randul lor nu se pot apara de pasari deoarece prigoria este protejata in Romania, iar vanatoarea lor este strict interzisa. Tot ce pot face apicultorii este sa le alunge cu diferite sperietori sau sa isi mute stupii cat mai departe de cuibul prigoriilor.


Prigoria este o pasare protejata atat de lege cat si de natura, deoarece nu prea are pradatori naturali. Cateodata serpii distrug galeriile construite de pasari, dar acest lucru se intampla foarte rar si doar in unele zone izolate. Desi nu are multi pradatori, numarul pasarilor nu este foarte mare si a fost declarata specie ocrotita si la noi in tara.

Fotografii: Sorin Daraban


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