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Claudia - aka "die amelie" x

Friday, 21 March 2014

blackbird fly

"Blackbird" has always been one of my most favourite songs by The Beatles. I just love the lyrics and have been taking comfort since I was a child in the thought that you can always take these sunken eyes and learn to see...

...and that when your wings are broken you just have to learn to fly again - differently. Life now and then "wounds" us - this is part of life and we would lie to ourselves if we believed that we can always avoid being wounded. Living successfully means to deal with a damage done, accept it and learn  to work your way around it or simply change your old behaviour...or simply the way you fly.

I wrote the song's lyrics along the branches so they look like ants climbing the trees bark.

Materials used: brown kraft paper, acrylic colours, brayer, designer paper, Decou-page matte, distress markers, stencil, old book pages

Branches and leaves were cut free hand, shading was done with distress markers over decou-page glue.

Why is it that birds touch our very souls so easily? Some say it is because they can get so much closer to heaven than we can (and without a window pane from a plane between them and the very air). But I believe it is their ability to sing the most beautiful songs. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we communicated through music instead of spoken words? (lol....just imagine getting a ticket from a police officer and he sings it to you instead of bark it in your face ;)

Leonardo da Vinci watched birds flight very closely and did the most wonderful drawings and studies. He was highly fascinated by the way they move their wings and tails to steer. And even though we have airplanes now and are able to travel the skies too, we still admire how these fragile creatures inhabit the sky.


  1. Oh my Claudia ... this is incredible. The layers ... the build up of color ... and the words that march across the page like ants. I absolutely loved your musings on the post (especially about the policeman). I am learning to fly in a different way these days until I have my next surgery. Not easy, but still flying "with a little help from my friends". This beautiful art touch my soul. Thanks for sharing it. -- Mary Elizabeth

    1. So hope that surgery will make things easier for you, Mary Elizabeth!
      Take care!
      Claudia x

  2. Absolutely stunning, I adore the lyrics written along the branches and the gloss added to the wings. Love the book pages too and the birds are fabulous. A truly wonderful piece. Tracy x

  3. Simply ... Wow. The words. The art......

  4. I love this song son plays it on his guitar almost everyday for me...he is a little over it, but I just love it! This is an incredibly clever piece Claudia!!! There is a lot to love about this, but the contrast of the text with the writing along the branches is a very clever combination. All of it is just beautiful!
    Dot x

  5. Beautiful, love the lyrics and how you have incorporated them
    I love your little birds, such a lovely piece of art

    Jools x