Approximate proverbs

Tired of filigrees and having a dictionary at hand, I had fun (with my wife) rewriting proverbs, locutions and other maxims.

Better to be alone than badly accompanied
turns into
Better to be alone than unaccompanied

The clothes don’t make the man
turns into
the magpie doesn’t make the sparrow

the more the merrier
turns into
the more we stand, the more we shout

many are called, few are elected
turns into
many are to be peeled, few are hairy
(seems to be a kiwi proverb)

I really like the color resulting from the use of a Payne’s grey in watercolor on a pink dictionary page background.