A One-time Departure from Birds / by Chris Maynard

 My daughter's drawing at four years old

My daughter's drawing at four years old

 A Feeling of Lightness . 12" x 12" . 2016 . Chris Maynard

A Feeling of Lightness . 12" x 12" . 2016 . Chris Maynard

When my daughter was four, she drew a picture that I fell in love with. It looked like a flying angel and reminded me of my yearnings to fly, both in my conscious thought and in my dreams.  I liked the drawing so much that I recently created this stylized version in feathers. When I showed my now older daughter what I had made along with her drawing, she said, “Oh, there’s a story about that, it was about Mr. Poop Man!” I guess four-year-olds can get obsessed with this sort of thing. So instead of naming this piece “Dreams of Flight” or “Mr Poop Man”, I will settle for “A Feeling of Lightness”.