Gratitude & Art
By Smiling Heart
Published on 12/18/2009
Gratitude to those who read my posts. I want to share a story with you :)

First of all, I want to thank everyone for all of your amazing comments! I had no idea so many people would read my posts & I feel so blessed to be able to really inspire others. Thanks for putting me on the 'Popular Bloggers' list! :D Gratitude & love to you all :) Secondly, I want to share my latest artwork with you. I made it last night, it's the first self-portrait I have ever done & it is very meaningful to me. I'm not sure how to attach a photo here, so I will post a link to it. Here is the story behind it: 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 :) Link to artwork: Become a fan of my art on Facebook: