My first thought after painting this bird was he looks like he's singing his heart out. Then, I thought of Will Ferrell showing the girl in the movie Elf how easy it was to sing and a title was born for this piece.
The Black-capped Chickadee is the state bird of both Maine and Massachusetts. It is also the provincial bird of New Brunswick.
These little birds are known as "chickadees" because of their alarm call.
The more "dee" notes at the end of a chickadee call indicate increasing levels of agitation. For instance, a chickadee may end their call with just one "dee" when a known person fills a favorite bird feeder. An owl roosting near the feeding station would warrant many more "dee" notes.
Listen carefully. You might hear them calling their own name:
Recently, I realized a new meaning for this bird painting. It comes from a piece of me. A piece from the past that was buried deep until enough healing layers were peeled away:
This bird has tried to not sing,
but to no avail and that is a good thing.
Why, you ask, would a bird try not to sing?
One too many times the bird was shushed.
One two many times danger entered the woods.
Why did this bird choose to sing anyway?
Because the song that was in her was too big to hold in and despite the fear of how it might sound or how it might draw the enemy near, she chose to let the song burst out into the air.
And to her surprise, it not only made her strong and fearless, it also made all the other birds sing too.
June 24th, 2015
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