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A Portrait Of Me & The Bird My Cat Killed

Acrylic on canvas.

This portrait was inspired by a few different things.

Firstly, I have always loved the work of Frida Kahlo, & a few weeks ago I watched ‘Frida’, a movie about her life. Since then I have really wanted to a portrait of myself, one that really meant something to me.

Then, the other day, my cat Juno jumped through the window with a bird hanging from his mouth. As soon as I saw it, I ran over to him & took him outside & made him drop the bird, but it was too late. It just lay there on it’s back, eyes closed. I took it to the back of my garden & placed it under a tree. I felt so saddened by it’s lifeless body, but at the same time I was mesmerized by it’s beauty. It was a beautiful brown colour, with specks of green & yellow on it’s feathers. All I could think of was how tragically beautiful it was.

Then, a few days later, I watched a movie called ‘American Beauty’. I had been meaning to watch it for ten years, but never got around to it. There was a scene in the movie where a boy is filming a dead bird as it lay lifeless on the grass. When asked why he was filming it, he replied ‘Because it’s beautiful.’

I wanted to somehow make it up to the bird that my cat killed, & I figured what better way to give something life than to immortalise it forever in art.

Now, that bird will live forever :)

Become a fan of my art on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jen-Saunders-Art/202494946529?ref=ts

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Victoria Vorosciuc's picture

Lovely!!!

Yesterday I went outside
With my momma's mason jar
Caught a lovely butterfly
When I woke up today
Looked in on my fairy pet
She had withered all away
No more sighing in her breast

I'm sorry for what I did
I did what my body told me to
I didn't mean to do you harm
Everytime I pin down what I think I want
It slips away
The ghost slips away

This is just lirycs from Weezer song called Buterfly...
As soon as I read your post I remembered the song...

I also love Frida Kahlo - she is a strong woman!!!

You painting is beautiful, too!!!

Victoria Vorosciuc
Project Coordinator
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