My friend, Dave Wright, pulled me aside a few weeks ago and asked me to "make a magpie" for his wif'e's birthday... Happy Birthday, Diane! The first version was a bit chaotic and didn't allow the magpie to shine, so I made another, and that is the one Dave chose. Little did he know that the background fabric was given to me by the birthday girl and is one of her favorite Australian textiles.
As I was filing the photos of these pieces, I came across another magpie that I had forgotten about which I made four years ago for another client in Texas. Although I like these fellows much more, it was fun to see how my style and interpretation of the same bird has changed.