|Four Colly Birds |
watercolor and ink illustration on Arches 140# cp paper
© V. Bridges Hoyt 2010
Over the years, the original English term "Colly" Birds was Americanized and came to be known as "Calling" Birds. I have taken the original term Colly Birds literally and illustrated them as the Black Birds they were.
The pink tint on the background is an illusion caused by the warm interior light source used to photograph the painting.
Colly is a dialect word meaning black and refers to the European blackbird Turdus merula.
Religiously, The 'four calling birds' are the Evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; or their Gospels.