Pulmonary: 11 x 14"
Above is the first sketch of a new painting I am beginning. I am thinking of using the birds in the fashion of Mexican Catholic "milagros" - the word means "miracles" in Spanish. Small charms are fashioned from metal in the shape of ills or trials about which people may offer prayers to God. Small legs, ears, or even children are made to represent illness, disability, or the wish for a baby. I am thinking to introduce tiny beaded milagros on the bodies of the birds which indicate the ares where I pray for the health and safety of those I love. Perhaps capitalizing on the altar idea uncovered in this month's critique.