Four Colly Birds

A painted design for a secular Christmas card

Four Colly Birds

Four Colly Birds


An original painting in watercolour. Image size 270mm x 270mm on 600gsm Saunders Waterford 100% cotton rag paper size. Price includes P&P to UK addresses. Comes to you unframed.

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About Four Colly Birds

“Four Colly Birds” is a watercolour painting made as a design for a festive greetings card. The title is from the Christmas carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.

I’ve painted it in a loose Scandinavian folk art style. As with all my Christmas card designs, I generally shun the ‘traditional’ trappings of Christmas and go for something secular, often using very unChristmassy colours. In this case I chose a palette of deep purples and magentas.

Some people sing the lyric ‘four calling birds’ but I have used the older word ‘colly’. Colly = black, like coal, therefore blackbirds. And to prevent argument, all my blackbirds are calling anyway!

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