“Magpies in Color” mixed media collage and paint on 11 x 14 stretched deep canvas.
I was prompted to create these magpies by one of my customer/friends, so I have been studying up a bit on them, not having been personally acquainted with any magpies. It turns out that they are considered among the most intelligent animals in the world. That means I couldn’t just have a blank expression on their face… their eyes and expression needed to communicate that intelligence.
They are related to ravens and crows, of which I have long been drawn to. They are considered to be gregarious creatures, and are comfortable around humans, scavenging for useful or tasty treasures.
Magpies are the only non-mammal species to recognize itself in a mirror test. I imagine these two magpies staring into a mirror from their colorful background created with Citra Solv altered magazine pages, and my abstract leaves stencil.