"A bird in hand is worth two in the bush". This whimsical painting is based on an old expression that isn't often heard anymore. While toying with ideas in my sketchbook, my mind wanders and remembers such sayings. Idiomatic expressions often have wise meanings. A bird in hand is worth two in the bush means that it is better to be happy with what we have than to go running after that which might never be ours to have.
The wild colours in the background are muted by soft pastel shades in the foreground. The girl's wild hair shows her to be a free spirit, much like the bird she is so cautiously holding in her hand.
Will she let the bird go?