Monday, July 21, 2014

Blackbird Fly - Using Art to Recreate a Memory


I love those moments when a certain trigger can call up a "feel good" memory from the past...those moments that make you feel safe, loved, and protected unconditionally. Sometimes it's a scent, a color, or even a song. The song "Blackbird" is one of those triggers for me.
I was surrounded by music when I was a little girl. My father was a musician, so there was always music playing in the house or he was playing guitar and singing. I remember countless times that he would play Blackbird for me. He would sit on the edge of the couch or in a chair with his guitar and softly sing to me, many times when I was ill or after my surgery. 
It encouraged me with the phrase "take your broken wing and learn to fly"...It was comparably like learning to ride a bike. You are scared at whether you will be able to do it, but you know that your dad is hanging on and guiding you...that everything is going to be alright.
Still to this day whenever I hear the song I am immediately taken back to that little girl who sat listening to her dad, knowing that I was loved and whatever was troubling me  would work out.
Although Paul McCartney's inspiration and symbolism was a bit different when he wrote it than my interpretation, in the end it was still about "rising above".
The song is still my favorite of all time.


I recently wanted to "recreate my memory", to put a visual to my feelings when listening to it. It was brought to the canvas with layers of feelings, hopes, dreams, fears and above all....Love.

The painting is available in my Etsy shop here:

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