Size: 30,3 x 22,6 cm
Materials: Watercolour, fine-liner, and acrylics on watercolour paper
The 13th bird in the Strange Bird series of paintings is a Cygnet, a baby Swan. In most cultures, Swans are seen as symbols of beauty, grace, calm, peace, purity, and love. We’ve all heard the tale of the ugly duckling turning into a beautiful Swan and this reminds us of our inner glory, power, and beauty. It also encourages you to be persistent while going for your goals.
Swans choose a mate for many years, sometimes for life. So there’s also a message of union, partnership, and fidelity.
They’re strong, powerful birds able to smack you if you annoy them.
All in all, it’ asking you to see your inner power and beauty, find your peace, and to spread your wings and take flight to pursue your dreams.
I chose to make this Cygnet a read head on purpose since some people seem to have a problem seeing read heads as beautiful.
As the other strange birds, it was created on watercolour paper. I wanted a specific orange for the colour and ended up picking up a tube of acrylic paint instead of watercolour, but it gave me the colour I was after.