“Bluebird of Happiness” Poster

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Spark some joy with this poster of a decorative bluebird sitting next to a lyre on a bench edged with flowers. Selective hand-tinting on the bluebird, lyre, and flowers adds a subtle touch of color to this otherwise black-and-white poster.

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Your poster will be printed on classic poster paper especially for you after you order.

(Posters print without watermarks. I include those on web images so that no matter where they end up, people will be able to find my website.)

Posters ship rolled in a tube directly from my printmaker.

Benefits of this method include:

* You have more to choose from.

* You receive a brand-new poster, not a dusty relic warehoused for who-knows-how-long.

* Your order is environmentally sustainable because:

~ Resources are used only to create posters people want.

~ Eliminating warehouse space conserves energy.

~ Less shipping trips mean less impact from transportation.

Good for you, good for the planet!

Symbolism

… and over our heads will float
the Blue Bird singing of beautiful and impossible things, of
things that are lovely and that never happened, of things that are
not and that should be….

~ Oscar Wilde, “The Decay of Lying”

In many cultures around the world, bluebirds symbolize happiness and hope.

Some Native American mythologies associate bluebirds with the rising sun or the return of spring. Besides hope, these also imply resurrection/regeneration, making the bluebird a fitting symbol in a cemetery.

The cemetery bench in the photo above combines the bluebird with a lyre and miniature roses, two other generally happy symbols that also convey deeper meanings.

In ancient Greek mythology, the lyre is a signature instrument of the Muses and Apollo, who most often strummed and sang at happy festivities.

However, as keepers of history, one of the Muses’ most important tasks was singing at heroes’ funerals to ensure they’d always be remembered. Those who didn’t receive this honor would be forgotten in time.

Funnily enough, roses were a favorite flower of the Muses, who sometimes wore roses in their hair.

Roses symbolize beauty, love, and hope. In Christianity, roses are strongly associated with the Virgin Mary and, therefore, purity.