A Cardinal on Rue Masson

This gorgeous red cardinal is seen all over our Canadian landscape, from the countryside to the urban playgrounds in our cities. I chose this particular bird because of what it represents – according to Spiritual Astrology, Tarot & Metaphysical Studies, the Cardinal represents renewed vitality and the recognition of self-importance.

Another element to my design is the flowers. All flowers have meanings associated with them and are a part of the most important occasions in our lives. They are conspicuously present on birthdays, funerals, graduation, weddings, etc. forming an integral part of our lives. Some flowers have religious significance too. In this case, the flowers I chose pertain to the spirit of Rue Masson – The Daffodil symbolizes regard and chivalry. It is indicative of rebirth, new beginnings and eternal life. A bunch of daffodils indicate joy and happiness. The Iris symbolizes eloquence and is symbolic of wisdom, faith and hope.

All these elements are framed and gathered while not restrained within a triangle. The design of a triangle is meant to guide your eye from left to right and upward. In a more spiritual significance, the triangle here is a symbol of strength and courage, elevating you, sending you upward toward the sky – rising above all!

STOP and take a good, deep breath

Revisiting the elements in this piece I painted for @mumtl – Encan Soirée Bénéfice.

The alchemical symbol for air is an upward-pointing triangle, bisected by a horizontal line as seen here in my painting.

Given my current state, I felt it was important to paint something that reminded me to stop and just breathe. 
Life is hard at times, messy and complicated… I am notorious for never stopping and always pushing through it all without taking a minute for me – I thought we could all use a little reminder to STOP a second and take a good deep breath.

In fact, much of my work has focused on this recurring theme – the stillness of my birds, symbolizing awareness hopefully inspires reflection and reminds us all to stop and take the time to deal with our own thoughts, emotions, awareness and the blessings in our lives.