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Collection: Things of the air
Featuring a newish release: 'An inky blue wash on the scales'. Thanks so much everyone for your faves, comments, purchases & project pictures - so much appreciated! All designs © Su Schaefer, All Rights Reserved
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Magpies: learn to fly and food call. Contest entry for bird-themed fabric. Original: Pencil and oil on paper. © Su Schaefer 2011
With acknowledgments to Gisela Kaplan's Australian Magpie (2004) with its wonderful pictures and information on this highly sociable, adaptive survivor. A one magpie version is 'Magpies: learn to fly'.
Printed nicely - see the 2nd thumbnail above (double click gives a clearer view). See my other bird designs.
Pencil and oil on paper, stamped brushwork, background applied, half-drop repeat.
su g (1100),
hand painted (937),
barbed wire (65),
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Daylight photo close up of swatch sample (8x8") printed on quilting cotton.
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Posted almost 5 years ago.
Thanks Michelle for your comments, and Rhonda for your best wishes and the build-up for Magpies; it's true they are great birds, great songsters - with different songs depending on which part of the country they live in (city birds have shorter songs, sigh)... but they do also cause enough injuries to have their own class in the Injury Classification system... mainly through naivety of people rather than malice in the bird... avoid those nesting areas!!
The wonderful blue colour of the sky brings out all the details of the magpies, I also like the diagonal feel of the pattern repeat :)
I just had to have another look at your maggies, Su! Good luck with them in the competition! For anyone who is not familiar with these birds, Australian magpies are friendly, inquisitive, clannish and great warblers! They are a familiar sight in town and country settings and seem equally at home perched on the upper branches of trees, telegraph wires or the barbed wire fences that mark the boundaries of farmlands. The sight that is one to strike fear into anyone who must venture into their territory in the Springtime, is that of an angry, swooping magpie during nesting season! That is when they are infamous for becoming the terror of the neighbouhood!
So glad that you like it Isabella P - coming from someone that knows magpies - and who designed "All About the Birds and the Bees" that is a great compliment & one I will treaure.
Great work, Su! I love how your wonderful magpies look against the beautiful blue. I see a lot of magpies near here and they are often perched on barbed wire fences so your design has a familiar feel to me.
Thanks for comments Joan, Rhonda and Andrea... no birds were harmed during this design. Although the barbed wire looks pretty vicious it is there to stop sheep... I've never seen a bird hurt by it and in some treeless areas of the desert eagles make nests out of it... which they site on the top of telegraph poles... I think the Magpies regard it as just another place to perch, good for comic relief (watching farmers & sheep...)
Ah; but isn't life that way.............when we try to fly..........there are the obstacles that try to hold us back. It looks as if the one on the ground is trying to be the moral support for the other one. Great job on this Su!
Wonderful rendering of the bird. I can feel the flutter of his wings, though the barbed wire makes me sort of sad. Why must this bird have barbed wire in his life (though it does make a good diagonal design element).
The magpies look great set against the clear, blue Summer sky!
Posted about 5 years ago.
I see the Australian grass was found.
I like that diagonal effect. Looks great.
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