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Mystical Magpie and Maple - Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

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Beautiful magpie artwork in pinks, golden-yellows, teals, blues and purples... 

Mystical Magpie and Maple artwork by Lotti Brown

I created this magpie artwork to celebrate this special bird that has a bit of a reputation...

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told....

Yes - the magpie comes with a reputation... and a rhyme that all schoolchildren knew off by heart in my day...

We used to salute or doff our cap to a single magpie to ward off bad luck...

And if with a companion call out, "Look! A magpie!" Then mutter quickly, "Seen by two, never comes true..."

Perhaps it's just the magpie's reputation for stealing your shiny belongings, which it hides in its nest...?

But more than one magpie was always a thrill to see and seemed to herald good fortune of some kind...

And in many parts of the world - including in China, Korea, Native America, and many parts of Europe - the magpie is a symbol of happiness and good fortune and any sight of a magpie is warmly welcomed...

So it's certain that the magpie does have that special, mystical air that causes so many populations to set him apart from other birds - and the magpie itself is a very intelligent bird - clever, resourceful and a fantastic mimic... no wonder people have always seen the magpie as something very special.

And you can barely see a more striking bird in our British landscape and gardens... large and with a very distinctive stripe - there's no missing such a handsome and dramatic-looking bird.

Detail from the artwork

So my artwork is to celebrate this special bird, it's dramatic look and its mystical reputation, but particularly to see beyond that, too - to see this very intelligent and resourceful bird, that can even recognise and understand its reflection in a mirror - (the only bird and one of very few creatures that can do so). A bird that makes a monogamous bond for life with their partner and can mourn their dead...

No wonder the magpie is recognised across the world as special...!

Behind the Scenes

Take a look at the making of my magpie artwork...

Click on any image to see it full-sized and with extra information about the process...

 The completed 'Mystical Magpie and Maple' artwork

The completed 'Mystical Magpie and Maple' artwork

I really love the colours in my magpie artwork - the familiar, striking plumage against the rather unexpected soft pinks and ochre yellows that I hope will inspire you to look beyond the reputations and superstitions of the magpie, and look with respect at the capabilities and nature of this truly remarkable bird itself, instead...

 Magpie art prints and mini artboards are available in my online store - click to see

Magpie art prints and mini artboards are available in my online store - click to see

 Click image for details of print and frame options in my store

Click image for details of print and frame options in my store

'Magpie and Maple' Artwork
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Celebrating a special bird: 'Magpie and Maple' artwork.

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My magpie art prints are available now in my online store...

More British birds art in my Birds & Wildlife Art Gallery, here...