I completed this collage in 2013 when I was taking an online class from Carla Sonheim, “The Year of the Giraffe.”
I think the bird riding on the giraffe’s hat is a Kea bird. Today, I learned that a gathering or group of Kea is called a circus.
Here is a close-up photo of my bird in my collage:
According to Wikipedia, the Kea is a large species of parrot found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. It is the world’s only alpine parrot. It is a large bird in size – 19 inches long and weighing up to 2 lbs.
Here is a quick sketch I did this morning of a Kea:
Known for their intelligence and curiosity, the Kea is called, “the clown in the mountains.” It’s urge to explore and manipulate makes the bird a pest for residents and an attraction for tourists.
I did not know when I made this collage in February of 2013 that I would be focusing my art on birds for a whole year. Maybe this was the beginning of my curiosity:
I find it interesting to see where life leads us on our creative journey.
I am attending Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai on Thursday evening. I am very excited! The costuming is spectacular! I wonder what ideas I will take from this circus for my art!