When I started this painting I had not planned for the birds to appear. They just kind of seemed like the natural addition about half way through. Is there any symbolic meaning behind a bluebird I wondered. Of course when you do a little research you find that some believe that the bluebird symbolizes happiness, joy and contentment.
Another feature that was unplanned are the archways. Somehow I intuitively knew they should be added in. Archways make us think perhaps of new beginnings and transitions from one phase to another. Isnt that what birthdays are partly about? Celebrating the end of one phase and transitioning to another.