One of my artist friend, Deb, sent me a bird picture as "research" featuring a bunch of finches playing in a bird bath. I loved the idea and realized, I don't have a bird bath- this needs to be remedied! So I ordered one from Amazon, waited two days and (voila!) my copper dish bird bath arrived.
Since we have all kinds of fruit trees in our backyard, a variety of birds visit me everyday. The usual suspects are finches, sparrows, mynas and doves. I have at least one Northern Cardinal couple that nest in one of my trees and a few Japanese White-Eyes, too. The sparrows instantly discovered the bird bath, but use it more as a drinking fountain, so I was really excited when I heard a big "sploosh!" yesterday. I ran (as ninja-like as possible) to the screen door and peeked out to see not one, but TWO myna birds bathing together in my tiny copper dish. They were practically falling out of the bath, but that didn't bother them at all. And like a pair of synchronized swimmers they turned, looked at me, then flew up to the fence to preen!
The little cutey in my painting is a female House Sparrow. I imagined her going for a drink and finding her reflection as a new friend instead. I'm a huge Pixar fan (maybe a little biased because my brother works for the company) and I knew immediately that Toy Story's main theme would have to be the name for this painting. Without care in the world, my little House Sparrow and her reflection are having a great time poolside today :)
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.