Monday, November 25, 2013

My Little Chickadee, 6x6 inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald


Today I woke up feeling like I just jumped off a spinning carousel … 2 weeks of frenetic shipping, delivering, setting up, etc. and going to Openings - not to mention the 6 weeks prior of fast paced painting!  I told myself that I would just take it easy today, do what flowed, read a bit, walk with the dog without hurrying him along, meditating, etc.  Well, the morning kind of drifted, but then I walked into the studio, saw my sketches for some upcoming commissions, and the pull to the easel was irresistible!  

I wanted to paint something that I just had been dying to paint…. little birds.  I love the shapes of the little birds - kind of round as we head into winter.  And in doing this I found out that the chickadee is the state bird of Massachusetts!  Yes, the Wild Turkey is the state 'game' bird, but the chickadee is the regular one.  Voila!  I think there are more chickadees in my future.  Maybe yours, too. :D

One striking thing floated to my mind today… at two different openings two different people (so, doing the math, now 4 people in one week) told me they felt my paintings were painted joyfully, that they also brought joy to people who enjoyed them.  And I heard about one woman who bought one of my paintings and is taking it everywhere she goes as she fights a courageous battle with cancer, saying that the little painting makes her smile and she thinks that's good for her healing.  Moves me more than I can say!  And well, I've said enough for today.  Thanks for listening.


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8 comments:

  1. What a wonderful painting, and I especially love the green background. I agree that your paintings are happy and being painted by a happy person. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  2. This little guy is beautiful. I love your bird paintings. Keep it under 100 mph today Kel

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  3. It cheers me and I feel it is sending me a message. I can see why someone in chemo would take your painting everywhere. They just makes you feel peace and happiness.There is a healing ceiling tile program that a group of artists each paint a ceiling tile that goes into chemo centers. I was asked to organize a group to do this....haven't gotten there yet.

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  4. Bonsoir chère amie,
    Il est très flatteur effectivement de savoir que votre art puisse faire partie d'un thérapie...
    Le tableau de ce petit oiseau est ravissant. bravo !
    gros bisous

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  5. What a lovely little chickadee. I certainly do hope you paint more of these cute little guys.

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  6. I love this! Beautiful color and texture. I agree that your paintings are joyful, too.

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  7. A pretty little bird indeed. I was so uplifted hearing of the lady's battle with cancer and her inspiration to keep smiling coming from your painting. Thank you for sharing that.

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  8. LOVE the happy spring color behind this little guy, and that lovely warm orange-y glow underneath his feathers. Joyful, joyful!! Wish I was close enough to join your "Girls Just Wanna Paint" group in person :)
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Kelley!

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