August Magpie In A Crowded Room

It is good to be back at my drawing table after a wonderful trip to Greece. I saw my first European Magpie under the Olive trees in the gardens of the Greek Agora in Athens.

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66 Responses to August Magpie In A Crowded Room

  1. Maria Tatham says:

    Very fine! It’s wonderful that you got to go to Greece.

  2. I love that you’re interested in magpies. I think a lot of us are human magpies because we collect all those bright bits. Thanks for stopping by my blog, it gave me a chance to find yours!

  3. I saw my first magpie in France several years ago and recently my daughter got to appreciate their “magic”, too. All the members of the crow family are so smart and beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  4. pstpierre says:

    Thanks for liking my post.
    I have never seen a magpie but certainly have seen lots of wild turkeys. Most of the flock comes to my backyard daily.

  5. I like your sketch – there are magpies (la pie – pronounced pee) around Nice too – very amusing.

    • sketchjay says:

      Thank you so much for this! My daughter was in France last summer studying and I painted a Magpie for her, you might appreciate it: Day 151, European Magpie and Fleur de lys ~ For Amanda
      la pie – that sounds sweet!

  6. drakewithers says:

    This is beautiful – I like the softly defined bird and the contrast from the sharper background.

  7. Beautiful! I love magpies.

  8. Stacey says:

    That’s a great drawing! Magpies are so pretty to look at yet such scavengers. It’s so interesting.

  9. Excellent! Love the bird dancing on the (very Greek inspired) flat backgound

  10. strider712 says:

    What is your record number of Magpies you have seen at thre same time? I think my record was earlier this year at 16.

    • sketchjay says:

      Would you be surprised to learn that I have only seen Magpies (2) once in my life? This June, in Greece as I mentioned in my post was my first time! Sadly, we do not have them here in New York. Sixteen Magpies sounds like so much fun! I am always looking for photos of groups of Magpies… Thanks for visiting my blog!

  11. Hi Dawn, thank you for liking my post – yours is a lovely blog…the Australian Magpie is a wondrous creature, much bigger than its European counterpart, and very noisy and social…

  12. Hello Dawn, or Ms. Jay.::
    Your excellent bird-work inspires me to throw on my newish blog some watercolor landscapes that have usually little to do with the preservation practice realm. Must scan some/
    Thanks

  13. webvisor2012 says:

    European Magpies are as talkative as ours – maybe more so being from the Old Country… I saw my first in Belgium and then Sweden and was amazed at the chatter…

  14. Iamrcc says:

    Thank you for visiting and the like of my post “Low Lying Clouds”. Love your header.

  15. beverlydyer says:

    Keep sketching!! Thanks for visiting the Art Prescription!

  16. Thanks for checking in and commenting on my blog. I like this bird. I would also like to visit Greece!

  17. tinasotis says:

    Beautiful work! I’ve always wanted to go to Greece. I hear the color of the light there is spectacular.

  18. restlessjo says:

    Intriguing title. Greece must seem a lifetime away now …

  19. Truly a great title! It’s genius.

  20. Your sketches are different and lovely.

  21. Julia says:

    Your work is beautiful and unique! I am honored you visited my blog. I have photographed many birds over the years and at some point I may begin bird watching in earnest. But until then I will enjoy your skillfully rendered images.

  22. Magpies spice up stories. Just like Greek tragedies.

  23. kiwiskan says:

    I just love your drawing. We have magpies here in Northland as well, and I enjoy the caroling from them in the morning.

  24. Just saying the word “magpie” is fun! Lovely drawing– he looks like he’s checking out the shine on his shoes!! : )

  25. I grew up with European magpies–they were my grandmother’s enemies in the garden because they kept stealing random things with unparalleled determination. Regardless, it’s impossible to dislike them. A lovely drawing!

  26. beautiful pica pica picture! They are such inquisitive, intelligent and colourful birds – have them in the garden here in the UK. The black of their wings is iridescent in the right light. If you ever get to Spain or Portugal, check out the Azure Winged Magpie that lives there – it’s something else!

    • sketchjay says:

      Oh thank you for visiting and sharing. I have only seen Magpies in Greece this past summer! They were amazing in person. The Azure Winged Magpie sounds wonderful, hopefully I will gat the opportunity to visit Spain or Portugal sometime soon. Thanks again for stopping by!!!

  27. cynt5525 says:

    Love this !!!*Cynthia

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