L’Oiseau bleu

Birds, creativity, My Sketch Book

Some films you watched as a kid just leave an imprint on your psyche, somehow… or maybe all the films you have ever watched do just that?

We are getting near the end of World Watercolor Month 2016. It has been a very positive experience and I really enjoyed sketching and painting as a daily practice.

Today’s sketch is called L’Oiseau Bleu.


L’Oiseau bleu is the French title of a film with Shirley Temple from 1940 called The Blue Bird, where Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, a woodchopper’s children, are led by the Fairy Berylune on a magical trip through the past, present, and future to locate the Blue Bird of Happiness…

the blue bird

I remember watching it as a child and being really moved by it…Mytyl is very selfish at the beginning of the film and grows into a very caring and kind little girl, transformed by her magical experience.

I hope my blue bird will bring you happiness and positive transformation…

…and that you will all find happiness. All of you!




12 thoughts on “L’Oiseau bleu

    1. Thanks :) I love this classic film called I know where I’m going which takes place in Scotland, it s from around the same time, in b&w. I just love that film, it s supposed to be a classic but I’ve never met anyone who has heard of it… Have you??

      1. Yes! It’s a Powell and Pressburger film. I confess I barely remember anything about it except that the characters are on the island of Mull. I should have sought out that film to watch in all the years I lived in Argyll but I’d forgotten it existed until you mentioned it.

      2. Yes they are in Jura aren’t they? I watched it with my son once and he loved it because of the whirlpool … I love that film :)

      3. Oh maybe it is Jura. It’s been a very long time since I saw it last. I would guess almost 30 years since I could only have been 11 or so when I watched it. I think you might be right because Corryvreckan is off Jura. Do you know that the entire decade I lived in Argyll I never took a boat ride out to the Corryvreckan? My kids were always too young so I kept putting it off until they were older … and then we emigrated. Regrets.

      4. It’s my dream to go there! I’m a big fan of Scotland :D I’m sure you can go there one day, at least you have connections in Scotland, I have none :)

      5. I hope you make it to Scotland some time in the near future. I know I’m biased but it’s a wonderful country: the people, the landscape, the history, the culture. The downsides, of course, are the weather and the midges.

      6. I fear that if I go there, I will never be able to live in England again… I will just want to stay in Scotland :) there are a few things I find hard with the English, especially living in the south east. I think the Scottish are warmer and more straight forward :)

  1. Oh, what a sweet little bird! And I’ll have to find time to watch that movie sometime… I couldn’t resist taking a look at the opening credits though, and it made me wonder if there’s a library somewhere full of all those “storybooks” that they used for film credits back in the day! 🤔

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