If you follow Marzipan Road on Facebook, you will know that both of the new Bird Series pieces that I showed you earlier in the week are now SOLD in Corner Brook! Yay!
But I hadn’t yet talked about the inspiration behind piece number six so I thought I would still do that.
Number Six wasn’t really supposed to exist. The original intent was for there to be five pieces in the series. The first two were framed together and then I was going to frame the last three together. But then I changed my mind and decided that I wanted to continue framing them in sets of two. That meant I had to create one last piece.
The inspiration for the first five pieces was obvious to me: my husband, my daughter, my newly born son, my sister and my good friends. The more I thought about it, the more obvious the sixth piece became to me too. I didn’t have to think too long and hard to come up with the final really close “person” in my life.
This was my Mowgli. He was my cat for almost fourteen years. You couldn’t ask for a better furry pal. He was definitely devoted to me and truth be told I was pretty devoted to him too. He followed me everywhere, always sat beside me and basically was my little shadow. He had a lot of quirks- his purr was more of a snort, he loved little licks of ice cream, he was a fabulous mouser and he always knew when I needed a good cuddle and he would quite patiently let me cuddle him. He was there for me through quite a lot of ups and downs and I could always count on him no matter what.
Sadly he passed away a couple of years ago. I still can’t believe it has been that long. There are still times that I sit down and expect him to jump up beside me. I often think that if he were still alive my son would think he was pretty cool. Mowgli was so good with my daughter that I think he would even put up with being mauled by the little guy.
So, my old friend, this piece is dedicated to you. Miss you tons.
This is officially the end of the Bird Series. But I am starting to mull a new series of small pieces that I will fit in between the bigger pieces I’m preparing for next year’s exhibit! Stay tuned!