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Paul Klee   ‘Landscape With Yellow Birds’

I love Paul Klee’s birds. These have to be the sweetest representations of our avian friends ever put to canvas. Birds are enigmatic to me. We had a pair of lovebirds given us for a few months. Sadly, they moved from house, to our summer back yard, to a friend’s house in rapid succession. We were not warned of their noise. My great-aunt had a one-eyed parrot named Lorita. Lorita kept us kids at bay by screaming “Maude! Maude!” as she lunged and bit at her cage when we passed by. Maude, was the great-aunt. I adore the wild birds in my yard, and I talk to them as if they were my pets. We have a fountain in the back, and I absolutely adore watching all the different species who come to drink and bathe in the summer. That’s how I like my birds. Free and mysterious. Like Paul Klee’s colorful blessings.


I never really thought about bird adoption, but in researching this week’s writing I ran across this site: Evidently, homeless pet birds are another problem we humans have caused. I’m including a paragraph from their website that states the situation well:

The displaced captive bird population is increasing at a frightening rate. Like other exotic “pets,” parrots are often much more difficult to keep than people anticipate because they are wild animals like tigers, monkeys, and reptiles, not domesticated as human companions for thousands of generations like dogs and cats. High care demands, behavioral challenges, and an extremely long life expectancy leave many parrots unwanted and displaced as they mature. Only a small fraction of birds — especially large parrots — will remain in their first home for their entire lifetime. Unfortunately, public education has not yet caught up to these realities of birdkeeping. The throwaway bird population has recently boomed as people have tired of the now mature, demanding exotic parrots they purchased during the affluent 90s.


Remembering that May is a big month for bird migration, here’s a suggestion from The National Wildlife Federation’s “10 Ways to Help Migratory Birds” :

Buy organic food and drink shade-grown coffee—increasing the market for produce grown without the use of pesticides, which can be toxic to birds and other animals, will reduce the use of these hazardous chemicals in the U.S. and overseas. Shade coffee plantations maintain large trees that provide essential habitat for wintering songbirds.


Because we are art gallery owners, I am constantly approaching marketing from the gallerist’s perspective. Every month our gallery hosts an “opening” in the evening for an artist we represent. I wonder if a neighborhood pet store could gain recognition by partnering with a local animal portrait artist or any artist who photographs or paints animals and holding an “opening” for the artist, inviting customers and the neighborhood to stop by to meet the artist and enjoy refreshments. As a “gallery” the store can collect expected commission on art sales from the show. Advertising costs can be kept down by advertising locally as a “free” event. Most “public notifications” of a free event are not charged for this advertising.You can create good will, increase your email list, and with a little forethought, make some extra sales during this event by strategically placing merchandise for quick sales. The real trick is to make sure the artist invites THEIR clients to the event. You can pick up some loyal customers that way.

.from Joseph Cornell’s bird assemblages.


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