Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Taking Flight in to Blue Skies

as the unthinkable tragedy rages on in japan, i feel increasingly angst ridden and helpless.  sometimes in situations like this the only thing for me to do is turn to the positive- to my art.  i have been in such a mode of taking flight like a bird in a clear blue sky- soaring carefree, light, soaring above the harshness of this world.
last week i sold 2 of my bird paintings to a lovely jazz singer from the bay area.  she'd seen my work at the beach show and liked this one very much-

it's titled "Calling" and i think it spoke to her as a singer since the bird is doing just that.
she went home and looked at my web site and saw this one which i shared in an earlier post but hadn't framed yet so hadn't displayed it at the beach-

she decided to also buy "Bluebirds of Happiness" to go with it on her large living room walls.  luckily since i hadn't framed it yet i can frame it to match the other.  they make a beautiful set and they couldn't have gone to a nicer home.
it turned out there were many synchronicities in our exchange, one being that she'd just learned to sing a jazz standard a couple weeks earlier (the time we met) about bluebirds of happiness that she'll be performing in her band.  she sent me the lyrics and said she will always think about it when she looks at the painting:

Blue skies shining on me, nothing but blue skies do I see. 
Bluebirds singing their song, nothing but bluebirds all day long.
Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When you're in love my, how they fly
Blue days all of them gone, nothing but blue skies from now on! 
i am visualizing bluebirds singing their songs in blue skies over japan today.  it's the one thing i can do, at least to keep me calm.
in other bird news, i was invited to the juried Flora and Fauna show at the Carpinteria Valley Art Center at 855 Linden Ave in Carp as the poster artist- 

here is the link to the announcement for which they chose this painting-
it's large- 26 x 43 and i feel very honored to have it as the centerpiece of the show.  i feel compelled to inhabit the world of birds and think i will be painting them for some time to come.  i am currently working on another large one 32 x 40 of a variety of songbirds in a garden of spring flowers.  i look forward to sharing it with you and perhaps i will see some of you at the reception this saturday afternoon in carpinteria (where, believe it or not i also had family in the past- my father's uncle and his famous artist wife, maggie howe, who had her enamel on copper shown in the smithsonian).
 peace and well being for all~

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