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Sparrow Song, Original Abstract Painting

May 3, 2010

“Sparrow Song” – Acrylic on Archival paper, 5 x 7″
Available in my Etsy shop.

I named this painting “Sparrow Song” because I’ve been listening to the most beautiful song from some as-yet-unidentified birds every morning. I thought I spotted a little sparrow singing this song, but I’ve gone through all the bird audios for sparrows on a couple of websites, but haven’t pin-pointed it yet.

So I dedicate this little painting to my birds. I feel so honored that they choose to stay a while in our yard every day.

(Oh, and my cat does too, as she perches in the window fantasizing about getting out there among them.)

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Ian Foster permalink
    May 3, 2010 1:09 pm

    Great textures…. lovely lyrical springtime feel to it…. Bravo!!

  2. May 3, 2010 1:17 pm

    Thank you Ian! I’m honored that you like it!

  3. May 3, 2010 3:56 pm

    Martha it seems I spend half my time peering into the trees trying to spot song birds whose notes I don’t recognize. Your painting captures this listening experience beautifully.

    • May 4, 2010 6:59 am

      Well Terrill, I have learned a whole lot more about birds and their songs since I began listening to the different audios available online. I had heard but forgotten that they have local “accents!” Isn’t that wonderful?

      Glad you like the painting!

  4. Sandra permalink
    May 3, 2010 8:18 pm

    Lovely soft fresh colours and interesting composition. A lot to look at and enjoy.

    • May 4, 2010 7:00 am

      Thank you, Sandra. It wasn’t created with any “thing” in mind at the time, but does say spring to me somehow. The big piece of blue is our sky around here sometimes.

  5. May 4, 2010 6:43 am

    How lovely. This piece exudes optimism, newness…it says “spring” to me. A beautiful piece, Martha.

    • May 4, 2010 7:04 am

      Thank you so much, Stephanie. My appreciation for spring is stronger this year than it has been for a long time. Just to have it last for more than two weeks is a miracle!

  6. donna baek permalink
    May 4, 2010 8:58 am

    dear martha,

    what do you do with all of your smaller paintings like this 5 by 7″ piece?

    i’m trying to transition to larger works and a having a hard time. everyone thinks my work would needs a larger format and i agree but it’s not going very smoothly.

    • May 4, 2010 10:31 am

      Donna, I sell my smaller works on Etsy a lot of the time. The rest are still here in my studio. I just let them accumulate and like to go through them at a later time to see if I still like them, or whether they seem worthy of exploration as larger pieces.

      Sometimes small works are better small. Other times it’s nice to work large. But not all images that work well in a small format translate well to a large one.

      You just have to try again and again and you eventually figure out what works for you.

      I don’t start with a small image usually when I want to work large. I start right on the canvas, using the small idea as just that — an idea. I don’t copy my small piece, but instead use it as a reference.

      I hope this is some help. Good luck!

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