A Bird In The Hand…

Is worth two in the bush!

I thought of this proverb as I was creating my acrylic painting:


It is a work in process!

I’m taking an online class called, “Birds on Birds” from Alison O’Donoghue.  The class is hosted by Carla Sonheim.  Check out Alison’s art on Pinterest – she is amazing!

I started my painting by covering a 11 x 14 cradled birch panel with black gesso. I sketched my design onto the panel and started painting with heavy body acrylics. It took several coats to cover the black.   I have a few more layers to add so stay tuned!  😊

Did you know that the origin of this proverb dates back to medieval falconry where a bird in the hand (the falcon) was a valuable asset and certainly worth more than two in the bush (the prey).

Happy Creating!  😄

21 responses to “A Bird In The Hand…

  1. Lovely painting – we have a similar proverb: A sparrow in the hand is better than a pigeon on the roof.

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  2. What a magical joy speaks from this work…cannot wait to see it finished! I am experimenting with a black background and enjoying it very much. xo Johanna

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  3. Your art is always eyec catching and beautiful. Good job at this too

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  4. so awesome! your work is magical joy!

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  5. Black gesso – did you color it yourself? Love that montage in your painting. Very well done, Jill. Wonderful shapes and colors.

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  6. Color!!! I love your painting, Jill. I’ll look forward to the finish. I love your adventurous spirit. ❤️👯

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  7. This is so whimsical and fun Jill! Love it! You always make me smile! 🙂 And I didn’t know the origin of that phrase, so I learned something as well! Hehe

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  8. Lovely painting, wonderful combination of color and composition.

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  9. It’s so colourful and different – love it!

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