One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told, eight for a kiss, nine for a wish, ten is a bird not to be missed.
My Gran taught me that when I was really very little, and walking home today I saw the greenest magpie I have ever seen. After saluting it, I felt inspired to go home and paint.
This is done using only Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Green, Yellow Ochre and just a touch of white. I stayed away from using black, as the bird itself isnt black and my colour mixing could do with some practice.