Let me answer pre-emptively that - no, the movie ‘Rio’ was not the inspiration for my painting, although it does have very cute, lovely macaws in it!
When I started the macaw painting, I was trying out mixed media techniques and a chance to paint the bright colors of the bird’s feathers!
A macaw is the largest of all parrots and quite an endangered species, apart from being very intelligent, it possesses clever abilities to whistle, repeats words, and phrases that it hears often!
Bird symbolism links it with Mother Nature, bringing balance, and emotional stability.
I used live next to the zoo in one of the cities I spent my childhood in, (Yes, weird and crazy, I know!) We used to hear the loud screeching sounds of all the huge macaws there and also, the hungry roars of lions at lunch time!
Whenever I used to stand near their enclosures, I used to get the feeling that though the macaws appeared to be dozing, they were in fact very watchful. I used to wish that one day a colorful feather would float out of the cage and land near me! Of course, it never happened!
Anyway, years later, here I am with a macaw of my own, soaring without any restrictions in a golden sky.
And a sketch I did while watching this video, Gitanjali Rao's short film "Chai"
The movie link is Here, if you want to watch how 'chai ' and the innumerable migrant workers are inextricably connected.
Have a happy week, all of you!