Clients and new friends Kathleen and Stephen proposed a new commission for Kathleen last month. I created a sunflower/'Apapane painting for Kathleen as a hush-hush Christmas gift from Stephen this past year and they came to Big Island to say Hi!
The story of Smokey and Lil Blue is a lot of wonderful and a little bit of sad.
Smokey was Kathleen's baby lovebird. One day, Lil Blue popped out of the blue and decided he wanted to live with Kathleen and Smokey. He was welcomed in with open arms (and wings).
Smokey and Lil Blue were best of friends, and life was good. They would share snuggles and watch wild birds out the window together. But life has a way of ending too soon in some cases, and Smokey passed away leaving Lil Blue behind. Kathleen said that she could tell Lil Blue was grieving and then the most amazing thing happened. The wild birds that Smokey and Lil Blue would watch together started visiting Lil Blue. They sat on the window sill to pay respects and this happened all day long for quite some time. Kathleen said it was as though they knew Smokey was gone and Lil Blue needed some support.
People always joke about being a "bird brain". After hearing this story, I'd say being a "bird heart" would be quite the complement!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.