"You can't keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair." ~ Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons.

Nests in her hair - mixed media portrait

“Nests in her hair”, mixed media portrait.

By the look on her face, she doesn’t seem to mind having nests in her hair at all. Isn’t the melodious bird song pleasing after the silence of winter? Certainly, she must think so.

No doubt, these are not birds of sadness.  The chirping sounds of birds in spring are promise of warm weather ahead, of the sounds, the smells, the sights associated with sunshine and summer.  How can anyone be sad in spring and summer?

And so, although she has a nest of birds in her hair, she is listening intently to their happy song and probably humming along.

Mixed media painting including:

- Charcoal XL sticks by Derwent
- Graphite XL sticks by Derwent
- Faber Castell Gelatos
- Acrylic paint
- my own leaf printed collage made last fall with my Gelli plate. I decided she needed something bright to wear.
- a photograph of birds resting in a willow tree taken this winter by my talented photographer friend, Jean-Pierre Serré. I used parts of the photograph in the woman's hair. Thanks so much for the generous offer!

Finally, I imported the work into Procreate where I softened the edges of the collage with digital paint!

Happy spring everyone!

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