"The Bluebird of Happiness II," 1" x 1", egg tempera on vellum,
with hand-painted matt, for the Hipp family
my first "Bluebird of Happiness," 1" x 1", egg tempera on vellum with hand-painted vellum matt, Venetian glass mosaic frame
My friends, the Hipp family, moved out of my building a few weeks ago, and I was sad to lose them as neighbors, even though they will still be in Brooklyn. The Hipp daughters loved my "Bluebird of Happiness" and the miniature painting I did of it, so I decided to surprise them with a housewarming gift for their new apartment by painting another one inch square painting of the bluebird of happiness, version 2. I tried to make it as close to the first version as possible, but gave the second bluebird a different framing treatment. I like both framing treatments for different reasons. What do you think?