Monday, August 18, 2008

4 and 20 Blackbirds

For the past few days I have been tossing ideas around for the One Powerful Hour challenge of "Feathered Friends" It wasn't until I surfed over to Mixed Media Monday that inspiration hit me.

Mixed Media Monday wanted us to use numbers in our pieces this week. When i saw that i was instantly reminded of a childhood nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence" so here is my interpretation of the two themes, numbers and feathered friends mixed together with a dash of nursery rhyme mixed in.


Sing a song of sixpence lyrics
(Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie)
Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing,
Oh wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?
The king was in his counting house counting out his money,
The queen was in the parlour eating bread and honey
The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!

Hope you enjoy!

23 comments:

Heather Robinson said...

I'll have that nursery rhyme in my head all day!! I love how you've interpreted the theme and your combination of elements is divine! Thanks so much for joining MMM this week.

Rein said...

Beautiful piece, great background!

vintage wil said...

beautiful work !!!

Beth said...

It's both clever and lovely!

Femmy said...

great work!!

Annapurna said...

I should remember to use birds this week before Wed.

Lovely creation. And thanks for sharing the whole song with me. My DDs book stops at, "now wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king" :-)

herminesplace said...

its beautiful

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Excellent! Beautifully created.

Hels said...

Wow, love this, that rhyme takes me back a few years too!! :O))

Chriss Rollins said...

great take on mmm numbers.
tfs
chriss x

Simple Journeys said...

Outstanding! I love how the birds are not confined to the page!

mixedmediamonday said...

Very clever, Caroline! Thanks for the trip down memory lane with that rhyme too :-) Diane

Kaz said...

love the idea behind this, I too will be singing this all day! lol
gorgeous artwork!

KardKrazy said...

Very cool!

Mam said...

This is just great. I'v got an idea for 4 and 20 blackbirds that I haven't used yet. I love yours.
Nancy

Lucy Edson said...

Very clever use of rhyme! Great ATC for the challenge!

Karen Mowrey said...

great idea for the numbers theme, what a flashback...and if I were a blackbird backed in a pie I think I would have to peck off someones nose too! Hee hee

Janny said...

Lovely!

Angie C said...

Great ATC and love that nursery rhyme too.

Gillian said...

Love your thinking behind this piece, fab atc.

Carole said...

Wonderful piece!

Jeri said...

OH! I really like this ~

nightowl said...

Love your creativity on this piece!