HUMMINGBIRD SPREADS IT'S WINGS
The Art of Compassion
I have just been honoured with this very special gift and I am overjoyed with it.
A very competent artist and Flickr friend, Jean-Françoís Le Saínt, creatively conceived this beautiful pastel portrait, of 7-year old José Roberto, one of the children attended by our Hummingbird programme in a nearby favela.
The motive chosen in this beautiful artwork is based on our recent community programme called Beija-Flor na Comunidade (Hummingbird in the Community), where youth leaders and mobilizers visited the nearby favelas to offer the children various artistic, cultural and sporting activities.
You can see the photos and read more about the programme by visiting our Flickr gallery, "Hummingbird Spreads It's Wings"
For a quick review, see the Slide Show
There is also a separate illustrated article in the archives of this Blog. That's actually José Roberto's foot securing the spade below...
I am still contemplating the full meaning of this fabulous composition, as there is more to his work than meets the eye.
Jean-Françoís had already surprised me last week with another gift; a most unexpected portrait of the very first kid I had rescued from the streets of São Paulo back in 1993; Diego, who was tragically gunned-down and died in the arms of his girlfriend only a couple of years ago, but who’s memory still lives strongly in those who got to know him during this last decade.
It is compassionate actions like these in support of my work, that help me believe in and carry on with the near impossible task it is of recuperating the lives of kids who have already lost most of their childhood.
Jean-Françoíse, your gift means more than any amount of money can buy. Thank you my friend!
Gregory J. Smith
Please visit Jean-Françoíse gallery of pastels at jfls.free.fr