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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings I by © Angela L Walker

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Featured in Fiery Hot Colors June 2012

I was reading a piece by one of my most favorite writers, Maya Angelou, and I was inspired to create a panel series about “Caged Birds”.

In my paintings,
the reason the caged bird

is because she enjoys
and security
in her own home;
she has discovered
The Secret
an unlocked door
by which she can come
and go
whenever she pleases
and no one knows
her secret.

I Know Why the Cages Bird Sings II

This is a painting made with fluid and heavy body acrylics and ink on shell paper ( a type of rice paper with a crushed shell coating); I also used a rubber stamp to add embellishments to the piece.

I’m an abstract-expressionist painter… a mixed media, encaustic, collage artist who uses a non-objective, emotive style of creative expression and visual messaging. I create to survive, to LIVE with more JOY and less pain. ART (plus faith in God) is what sustains me.

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  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...over 2 years ago

    Excellent work, really very well done!!

  • Thanks so much, Mada! Your words always encourage me! :)

    – © Angela L Walker

  • highbeam
    highbeamover 2 years ago

    I love both of these works Angela… and, of course, the writing of Maya Angelou. The work you offer us is quite compatible with Maya’s writing, truly inspired. xo

  • Thank you so much, Russell! :)

    – © Angela L Walker

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 2 years ago

    Wonderful translation of the poem…I love Maya too and have been inspired by her work in some of my portraits…

  • Thanks so much, Janis! I had noticed that you like Maya too… I’ve been reciting her poetry along with my own for about 30+ years… I’m such a fan of hers… and I’m also a fan of yours! Two wonderfully talented women! :)

    – © Angela L Walker

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago


  • Thank you very much, LoriLee! :)

    – © Angela L Walker

  • Tori Snow
    Tori Snowover 2 years ago

  • Thank you so very, very much, Tori! :)

    – © Angela L Walker

  • Cynthia Lund Torroll
    Cynthia Lund T...over 2 years ago

    So fine.

  • Lenore Senior
    Lenore Seniorover 2 years ago

    Great title and concept, with great colors. I recognize your art anywhere, my friend!

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