By Your Side
'By Your Side.' Acrylic on canvas, 5" x 7" x 1 1/2". The wings on this little lovebird are really thick. I painted, painted, and repainted them in layers of yellow, teal, green and white. The colors are very peaceful, a sea of muted turquoise, gray and fading white dots. My bird seemed a little lonely on his perch, so I added a little cloud of glitter to keep him company, a memory floating in the empty space where the second bird should be.
I've been reading about lovebirds from the many books I've collected for inspiration; they are social and affectionate, and spend a lot of time just sitting together and preening one another. I think it's very romantic, and I wonder how they feel when their partner is gone? This reminds me of a book I am reading now about a parrot named Alex. This past December in my travels to Clemson, I paid a visit to my favorite used bookstore, McClure's. I used to scour the shelves for art history & printmaking books, travel guides to Italy and vegetarian cookbooks, trading in my old books for new ones. On this particular trip, I came across a book called Alex & Me. It is about a really exceptional parrot who lived and learned for 30 years with an animal psychologist named Irene Pepperberg. His last words to her were "You be good, see you tomorrow. I love you." Heartwarming and heartbreaking.