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More on macaws

Our new drawing, a pen and ink self portrait entitled Man with Macaw, available from the Art Shop, is a great reminder of Sven’s love for those birds and how, even in the 1980s, by then in Wimborne, they brought him joy…

He wrote of his blue and yellow bird: “Often the bird would climb on my shoulder and stay there for hours while I was painting or when I went to the pub….I got used to the curious smell of her feathers and the sound of moving taffeta they made…

She would groom my hair after her own feathers and sometimes bring her beak so close to my ear that I felt the nerve-endings tingle.”Sven Berlin, Flight of the Dragonfly mss.


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