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Friday, May 9, 2014

Animals, A Magpie, Sirkka Jalava

Elaine has painted an excellent, beautiful bird, an australian magpie. It was so  surprising,  that magpies from there and here look so different so I must paint  the  magpie such as it is here too. I can and want not compete with Elaines magpie, only show how a magpie looks here around.
Here is a magpie sitting on a branch of a high birch a cold spring day and looking over his snowy home areas. Magpies are curious and awake birds.
  . A big part is white on the chest and on the back. These magpies are living around the settlements although they are wild birds. There are fairy tales told, that the magpies snap up everything what is bright and glittered and gather all the staff in their nest.
(I am sorry for the sky in background, it should be more even but I have not the patience and also the paper I use is sketch book paper, which is not so good to paint on with watercolors.)

16 comments:

  1. No apologies it is beautifully done.


    Carol Ann

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  2. Really nice looking magpie!

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  3. You've captured his intelligent expression, and the way he's perched on the branch!

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  4. This is wonderful! I never would have imagined magpies would be so different!

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    1. Thank you AnnD! It was something new for me too!

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  5. Nicely done!!! Who would think that magpies were so different. I think the loose background looks interesting with the magpie.

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    1. Thank you Joan, it comes up something new all the time,

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  6. I LOVE the delicate washes here in the sky. Sets this magpie off wonderfully.

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    1. Ok, thank you Ann, it can be so.

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  7. Nice work, Sirkka! Fun to see the difference from my local magpie, thanks for showing us! I like how your branches look, too.

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    1. Thank you jaguarish! Really fun to see differencies. The branches are in the spring before blooming and leaves.

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  8. Beautiful Sirrka. How wonderful to be inspired by another artists work here to want to draw something of the same family of birds. I too find it interesting to see the differences of the species from around the world. Thank you for following through on your inclination.

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  9. Thanks Lynn! It is interesting to see differencies and in other ways the liknesses that the world shows us.

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