Are you having an AWESOME day? I hope so!
Did you know that it’s nearly My Smiling Heart’s six month birthday?! 😀 Yay! Six months of growing, learning, connecting, inspiring and smiling at ourselves in the mirror! I can’t tell you how grateful I am to be a part of such an amazing tribe, thank you for a wonderful six months – so far!
Anyone who knows My Smiling Heart is familiar with the image above, especially the bird, that has become the MSH logo.
I just entered this self portrait into an online art competition, and the prize for the People’s Choice award is $2,500 – more than enough for me to be able to continue writing My Smiling Heart once I return to Melbourne in July! – so I would be forever grateful if you would please vote for my work here (click vote in the top right corner). Thank you, thank you, thank you! 😀
As I entered my artwork into the competition today, I realized that I have never given you the full story behind this self-portrait, so here it is 🙂
The Story Of Me And The Bird My Cat Killed:
That’s what this painting is called: A Portrait Of Me And The Bird My Cat Killed.
A few days before I painted it, my cat, Juno, jumped through my window with a bird hanging from his mouth. As soon as I saw it, I ran over to him, took him outside and 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 and 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 and yellow on its feathers. All I could think of was how tragically beautiful it was.
The next day I watched American Beauty for the first time. There’s a scene in it 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.”
Just as he filmed the dead bird for it’s beauty, and in turn immortalized it in film, I wanted to do the same for my dead bird.
I thought to myself, what better way to give something new life than to immortalize it forever in art?
Now, that bird will live forever.
And not only that, over the past six months of My Smiling Heart, the bird has become symbol of positivity, hope, and freedom for me.
This painting represents the beginning of my journey to recognising my own power. The woman in this self-portrait, is the woman that I have grown into since I painted it. And I hope that I have been able to use my power to help you realize your own immense power.
Because you are powerful, awesome, and just so damn amazing!
You have the power to create your life, live your dreams and make this world a better place!
There is no better time to release your AWESOMENESS to the world!
Start with a smile, and just go from there 🙂
So much LOVE,
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