Paul McMillan

Interdisciplinary Still Life Painting

Words and Music by Paul McMillan
36" x 24"
Oil on Panel
No. 30
In this Interdisciplinary Still Life Painting, "Bluebird," an original oil on panel, I wanted to create a trompe l'oeuil still life with a violin, bow and sheet music with words (lyrics) and music. This artwork was painted in response to the news of the potential loss of a loved one. When I first heard the news I wrote this song of loss, both the words and music in an afternoon of lachrymose sadness. A few days later it came to pass that the illness was not so close to the grave as thought. I gladly painted this still life anyway.

Bluebird don't fly away.
Stay with me for another day.
I had so hoped that my love would hold you.
For at least one more day or two.
But if you have got to fly into the sky.
I will not try to hold you
With anything at all except for my love.
And if I learn to fly, I will search the sky blue.
Just to say that I am still in love with you.
Paul McMillan

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