Flower Bird by chazf

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The most important of all beings in the chieftan’s garden is this tough, but magical flower bird. He can take flight at the sign of any intruder and see to it that no harm comes to the residents of the chieftan’s compound.
This sacred bird directs troops and flowers, flora and fauna in defense of his community. I often draw in small journals using pastels, colored pencils and pen and ink. This drawing took flight because it occurred at 35,000 feet on a flight to New York. Because it is a small imager, please view this in the larger format.


  • Faith Puleston
    Faith Pulestonalmost 7 years ago

    Interesting work. Lovely colours and it has something of a phoenix rising out of the ashes about it. But I need to know more about this concept of the “chieftain’s garden”. Who is the chieftain and what else is in the garden. Or is this a metaphor for God? I see you have a cross in the drawing.

  • chazf
    chazfalmost 7 years ago

    Hi, Faith. I admire your work so much that it pleases me to see your comment pop up. The chieftan is me, that alter ego which governs my most laudible actions and moments. In this role, the chieftan manages all of the mystical, spiritual, and artistic facets of chazf, that earthly being in which I function in this world. Yes, there is a reference to a divine entity. I am inclined to speak with him in uncharted waters, delightful times, and (inevitably, in this political climate) in flight. Phoenix rising is his knee jerk reaction to unspeakable joy as well as time to show one’s plumage.

  • shapiro
    shapiroalmost 7 years ago

    Flower Bird illuminates hidden potentials…devotion, belief and most importantly…love! A wonderful drawing and requisite of colour! S

  • Dawnsky2
    Dawnsky2almost 7 years ago

    this is very delicate, beautifully drawn, i love the detailed colour,,, :O)

  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlateralmost 7 years ago

    very nice work well done

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 6 years ago

    I was going to bubble mail you but your bubble mail does not appear in you profile.
    I had not seen till today tht you are one of my “anonyme” buyers of my “Moon Sister ´s Apple” cards… I thank you .. really for it. So glad to have met you.
    I also feel very puzzled about your Bird.. is that.. that is hanging.. a rosary?.. It seems so.. it had called my attention.. very much.
    Hope you will post more work.. and hope we will see each other..
    Have a warm greeting to you.

    FAIRIEWOMAN1over 6 years ago

    I like this drawing as well, and its story. When flying so high above the earth I find my mind wanders into creative and thoughtful places, too.

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 6 years ago

    Each piece of your art seems to have a history to it…as does this piece…love it!!!! Hugs,
    Sally xxxxxooooo

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 5 years ago

    This is a beautiful creation, and I love the symbolism, as well as your story about its meaning! I’m terrified of flying and, maybe, I should try drawing, as you do, to keep my mind occupied.

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