When the requests came through for a Magpie illustration, I just brushed them off as growing up walking to school I was terrified of these swooping birds. They would cluck so close to my ear, definitely helping me to get to school on time!!!!
But then my darling mum mentioned how much she loves Magpies, she feeds them and they come down and are very comfortable in her presence.
You see Magpies are very family oriented, they mate for life and mating partners are usually together for their entire lives. So romantic!! They occupy the same territory for this life also. Once they find a suitable patch, they will stay there forever — up to 20 years.
Dr Kaplan said once a magpie knew you and judged you to be a nice person, you would have earned a friend for life. Believe it or not, only between 8-10% of magpies ever swoop people. I must of had the territory of a swooper walking to school all of those years ago!!!! As the vast majority of Magpies will never look at you sideways, even during mating season!!!
Magpies are excellent mimics. They'll impersonate a range of other birds and even car alarms, dogs and cameras. So intelligent and their gorgeous song just oozes the Australian Bush. Check out this video of the amazing sounds a Magpie can make. https://youtu.be/Ib-5EPcnf9Q
There are nine subspecies of magpies in Australia, with very different feather patterns. In southern Victoria, adults have almost uniformly white backs, whereas in the north they may be a hybrid or almost completely black.
They're a gardener's dream, a cyclist's nightmare
I created this beauty whilst relaxing on a Cruise Ship this year, using a variety of lead pencils up to an 8B, I then contemplated if it even needed colour. I'm super happy that I chose to add a hint of watercolours and gouache, I think i captured the fluffiness of those feathers perfectly.
841 x 1189 mm
33.1 x 46.8 in
594 x 841 mm
23.4 x 33.1 in
420 x 594 mm
16.5 x 23.4 in
297 x 420 mm
11.7 x 16.5 in
210 x 297 mm
8.3 x 11.7 in
148 x 210 mm
5.8 x 8.3 in
Available in 6 different sizes: A5 / A4 / A3 - 300gsm Printed on Premium Embossed Linen (posted in a recycled sturdy padded bag, each print is individually packaged with backing board and a BOPP recyclable cellophane sleeve
A2- 260gsm Satin Poster Paper A1 (free shipping) - 260gsm Satin Poster Paper A0 (free shipping) - 260gsm Satin Poster Paper (posters are made to order so please allow an extra 5 - 7 business days for custom printing). They are gently placed in a recycled cardboard tube, sealed and then posted.
I have lovingly hand signed each print and the watermark over the illustration is obviously removed.