"COMPLETE TRUST" by Linda Kinney

As long as I can remember I have loved birds, all kinds. Their beauty is so magnificent, it is beyond words and comprehension. I attribute this admiration to the fact that my grandparents raised parakeets for many years. My granddad was a carpenter and painter. He built a magnificent bird house, like a bird hotel. It was located behind their garage and to the side of the backyard. The bird house had several compartments on either side of a hallway. These compartments were about 8 ft. sq. with 8 foot ceilings, and each one had a door opening into the hall. All of the inside walls were frames covered in chicken wire, as were the doors. There were shelves of individual bird houses handmade by my grandfather. Each was the perfect size, suitable for one pair.

My grandmother knew all about the parakeets. When I walked in to help her clean, there would be hundreds of parakeets flying all around, yet she could tell me which ones were mates. My grandparents had a contract with more than one 'five-and-dime' store, where one could purchase parakeets. These stores were the first department stores, a store that offered a wide assortment of inexpensive items for personal and household use. Once a week or so, they would pack several pair of parakeets into boxes and ship them by bus to the stores.

This painting revives those memories. Although hummingbirds are wild, many people have trained them to be almost domesticated. "Complete Trust" is a 16” x 20” (40.64 x 55.88 cm) oil painting on canvas. For a time, my youngest brother lived in Washington state. One of his neighbors trained hummingbirds to eat the nectar from her hands. I did not know this was possible until he brought out these photographs one day and gave them to me. They inspired this painting. I have it displayed on my table. As I was looking at it, recently, I noticed something very interesting. The red portion of the male's breast is in the shape of a heart. It was not intentional to paint it this way, it is just the way his head is tilted.

Trust is the most important thing in a relationship. When I was choosing the name for this painting, I was thinking about the trust these fragile creatures must have in this woman. It reminds me of a scripture, Psalm 4:5. 'Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.' After I noticed the heart on the breast of the hummingbird, it brought to mind many years ago when I started my first business. I chose the 'G' inside the heart, which has been my logo ever since. It means 'The Love of God'.