So, if you are familiar with my artwork, you will have noticed that much of my inspiration comes from birds. I really only became interested in birds a few years ago, and it was because I was creating collages of them not knowing exactly why!
I am now familiar with the birds living in my yard that I see on a regular basis (our backyard seems to be a birdie hub of activity!) Cardinals, robins, grackles, sparrows, mourning doves, and the occasional blue jay to name a few! And I am much more aware of the types of birds I see when away from home too.
In addition to studying different species of birds, I am so inspired by what they represent. Of course, I am not alone: birds had powerful symbolic meaning in ancient cultures and have inspired art for centuries. The beauty of their song, the ability to fly, the amazing variety in the patterns and colors of their markings. To me, they are also a reminder to view life as if from a "bird's eye view," being able to see the big picture of how things work out the way they are meant to, vs. getting bogged down with mundane details that cloud our vision.
Above is my latest collage, a tribute to the power and mystery of the bird. It's called "Unseen Cosmic Forces."
The text in the upper right reads : "The reverence paid to animals in most primitive cultures had to do with a perception that they are more in touch with unseen cosmic forces"
I think that this might be true :)