So I grouted my small red bird project and while it is lovely it does not look like my work and it does not really speak to the personal story that inspired it. When I showed it to Dan I complained that yes it is “pretty” but that I never think that “pretty” is really enough by itself when it comes to art or anything really. He suggested I make it part of a larger work, rolling my eyes I realized that he was right. So I got on-line and studied cardinals and looked for stories or myths relating to the red birds, and I thought about my own story and my Mom. So now this small 7 inch long piece will be on top of a 12 x 9 piece that has the following words repeated in the background:
“There is an old Cherokee myth about how the red bird gets its color. In this story a brown bird helps out a wolf that had been tricked by a fox. The fox packed red clay on the wolf’s eyes as he slept and when he woke he thought he was blind. The wolf cries out for help. This ordinary brown bird comes along and pecks at the clay removing it from the wolf’s eyes and the bird is then covered in red clay dust and he sees his reflection in the water. In my own mythology my Mother sends me red birds, she sends red birds to me in very large numbers, they are for peace, and for courage. When I was a small child she told me that red birds are good luck. When you see a red bird you can make a wish and get a new red shirt if you are a boy or a new red dress if you are a girl.
My mother sends me red birds.”
Below is the digital collage work that will be glassed over and the general layout. The small wood frame on the bird will be painted bronze. It is starting to look more like my work now.