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Amazingly there are 20 species of Magpie in the world. Not quite sure which I have painted here… looks more like an Australian magpie Many people consider them superstitious, they certainly have their place in folklore, some believe they bring good luck, others believe bad. I remember being played Rossini’s Thriving Magpie when I was quite young; it is said they have a panache for shiny, silvery things which they like to steal and hide.
Here the magpie has found a key! I wonder where it came from? I see him as a ‘Keeper of Secrets’.
The selected text comes from a traditional rhyme I was told as a child:

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

This is an acrylic painting on canvas.


  • mhkantor
    mhkantorover 6 years ago

    wow! really like this. nice magpie. wonderful depiction of the flowers and fantastic colors.

  • Thanks so much for looking and commenting mhkantor :)

    – Anni Morris

  • emmy2
    emmy2over 6 years ago

    This is so lovely. I just love this. Great work!!!!

  • Anni Morris
    Anni Morrisover 6 years ago

    Glad you like it emmy, I loved indulging in the exotic flowers on this one.

  • pault55
    pault55over 6 years ago

    excellent work Anni really stands out and wonderful use of colour

  • Anni Morris
    Anni Morrisover 6 years ago

    Hey thanks Paul…really appreciate your comment.

  • PNFdeb
    PNFdebover 6 years ago

    fantasy oriented and I love it

  • Yes…I like to weave a little fantasy into a picture if it is possible. Thanks very much PNFdeb :)

    – Anni Morris

  • aphoto4you
    aphoto4youover 6 years ago

    very artistic….i love what u did here….awsome …great words to go with…..clever…my fav

  • Thanks for the vote of confidence, glad you liked it.

    – Anni Morris

  • Hosny Soliman
    Hosny Solimanover 6 years ago

    Anni,Balck and white gives the meaning of good and bad luck. The colorful background shining every where in our live.Well done.

  • Thanks Hosny, People read their own meanings into art son’t they? The black and white of the bird was also a complete contrast to the colourful background. I was hoping for a sense of depth when the painting was viewed..

    – Anni Morris

  • cdwork
    cdworkover 6 years ago

    Fabulous work

  • Good to hear from you again cdwork, hope your keeping well? Thanks very much for your comment.

    – Anni Morris

  • Tron
    Tronover 6 years ago

    Nicely done work…

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