This beautiful little lady has become one of my favorite pieces. I love the pose and the expression. I wanted a title that reflected her energy, and played around with words that have to do with bravery, spirit and so on. I wasn't happy with what I was finding when I somehow came upon "siren".
I did a little research on the Sirens, which were apparently at one point portrayed as women/bird hybrids. This from Wikipedia: "The tenth century Byzantine encyclopedia Suda says that from their chests up Sirens had the form of sparrows, below they were women, or, alternatively, that they were little birds with women's faces." I thought this was really cool because the kestrel is know colloquially as a "sparrow hawk", which is the other title I had been considering.
Then I found a poem by Margaret Atwood called "Siren Song", excerpted here:
"Shall I tell you the secret
and if I do, will you get me
out of this bird suit?"
That sealed the deal!
I'm really excited about this piece and the title. I strive to present my subjects as individuals, and to tell a story, and I feel I've done that with piece.
Thanks for looking!