Two for Joy – oil on canvas – 29.5″ x 20″ – (75 x 51cm) – 2016
Two for Joy - oil on canvas - 29.5

If you would like read more about this picture please check out the blog called ‘A room with a view’. In this blog there are some images showing the development of this painting and it’s sister picture ‘One for Sorrow’. The magpie’s added after the rest of the picture was completed. In some cultures magpie’s are birds of ill omen. There is an old nursery rhyme – One for sorrow, two for mirth, three for a funeral, and four for birth, five for heaven, six for hell, seven for the devil, his own self.


A more recent version goes – 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.

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