Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Birds in Myth -Revisiting paintings .

' A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. ' Maya Angelou

"Free at Last" Watercolour  

"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, when  I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn."Henry David Thoreau

"Nature Reveals its Wisdom" Acrylic on Canvas  36 x 28 ins 
Since ancient times, because of the connection to the sky, birds have been thought of as a supernatural link between the heavens and the earth
Many cultures associate birds with birth and death, claiming that a soul arrives and leaves the earth in the form of a bird.
In mythology birds sometimes have the ability to speak, are often sources of wisdom or are deities in bird form or simply messengers of the gods.
Birds sometimes warn of dangers ahead, reveal secrets, and guide heroes and travellers on their way.
The Latin name for the thrush 'Turdus philomelos' refers to Philomena - a character in Greek mythology , who had her tongue cut out to prevent her speaking , she later changed into a singing bird . 
         In the Navajo creation myth, an owl resolves a quarrel between men and women, allowing the creation of the human race

' Blackbird singing in the dead of night '

'Kuan Yin- born from a ray of light '


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