Illustration Friday: Proverb

© 2010 Sylvia Liu    

"The grass is always greener on the other side."

The purple bird will never be happy in life.  He has a much nicer branch than the red bird, but still wonders what that one has that he doesn't.


  1. Very cute :) I love the little yellow bird peeking out from behind!

  2. There must be something about birds in trees. Great colors.

  3. ... and the yellow one is happy watching the show! great birds! love the colorsand your style! Nice one Sylvia!

  4. Great job! Very original in concept! Yes, we should always be grateful - the "green" grass always manages to appear as needed! :o)

  5. The beauty of great art is that we all see in its depiction different things. In this wonderful painting,(which I proudly admit that I have displayed next to a 1960 original mixed media painting by Conrad Marca-Relli), I "see" things differently from the artist's own interpretation. For me, the "purple bird" with its anthropomorphism, represents an honest feeling of discomfort or annoyance at the presence of the red bird, who most likely is a "frenemy",(i.e., defined by wikipedia as "a portmanteau of "friend" and "enemy" which can refer to either an enemy disguised as a friend or to a partner who is simultaneously a competitor and rival.") Thus, I feel the purple bird's expression and feelings are totally justified, in my humble opinion, and is the proper and appropriate response to the disingenuous actions and behavior of the red bird. Therefore, one should look at the purple bird with admiration and appreciation, while saving one's disdain and loathing for the red "frenemy bird"; as, we all have been betrayed at one time or another by a "friend". But again, this is only my personal view on this absolutely fabulous painting, done by a most extremely gifted and talented artist. In time, we look forward to adding more work by Sylvia Liu to our personal collection.


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