Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Bluebird of Happiness

original mixed media collage
Bluebird of Happiness Collage © Abby Sernoff

The bluebird carries the sky on his back. 
Henry David Thoreau

bluebird collage in progress

Happy Holidays everyone! 

Well, perhaps this isn't the most seasonal post, but way back last spring I started this bluebird collage and it's finally finished!

Bluebird of Happiness Collage © Abby Sernoff

Those familiar with my art may already know my work is often inspired and guided by mythology. The bluebird has an interesting history.

In addition to being associated with happiness, in Indian legend, bluebirds were considered sacred because their blue color was like the sky. 

Bluebird of Happiness Collage © Abby Sernoff

The Cherokee and the Pima Indians believed that at one time bluebirds were white or grey, then one day Bluebird found a lake up in the mountains. 

When Bluebird bathed in it, her feathers turned as blue as the sky. According to the Cochiti tribe, the firstborn son of Sun was named Bluebird

This collage is available for purchase in my etsy shop. 

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy holiday season and a happy new year! xoxo