"Four for a Boy"
In the original magpie poem, this line represented the prediction of the sex of a coming child. Abandoning the stereotypical representation of sex, three delicate feathers are used here.
One of a kind charcoal and watercolor.
4.5"x4.5" in an 13"x13" frame, matted
Having broken down the magpie rhyme "One for Sorrow" into a series of ten pieces, I focus on the attribution of fate and chance to Nature. According to the superstition of the magpie poem, dating back to late-1700s Britain, the number of magpie birds seen tells if one will have bad or good fortune:
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 wish
Nine for a kiss
Ten for a bird you must not miss