Saturday, July 16, 2011

Keep watching. I have a new series of Bird painting getting ready to post.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chickadee With Seed - Watercolor Bird Art - SJ Merwin

Dining Chickadee - Watercolor Bird Art
 Chickadee with Seed - Watercolor Bird Art, painting by Sandra Merwin

About This Painting:
This little Chickadee tickles my creativity. You often see Chickadees in very similar poses. This is not your typical Chickadee painting which is why it is creative. Doing the same poses and same techniques over and over can lead to an artistic rut. The difference between a grave and a rut is depth.

To tune into creativity you have to get out of the comfort zone and push your edges. Try something new. Many times it can be scary as an artist to put your work on paper or canvas. The first thing a new work does is invite criticism. And, everyone seems able to criticize art. There is nothing wrong with this - it just is a little unnerving for an artist to risk it all creatively; knowing that the result will be criticized. So to be creative artists have to be a little playful and not so serious. Seriousness, ruts and lack of creativity often go together.


Much of creativity is about freedom and playfulness. If this is true, then a key question becomes what prevents us from freeing our own creativity. Being too serious is the first road block in destroying creativity. I once had a visiting retired art teacher who came into my studio and started talking to me while I was painting. He immediately got very serious and starting talking about what real art was and was not. Of course my creativity started to make a fast retreat. Being the playful person that I am I turned to the artistic wet blanket and said, "I think painting is a lot like cake decorating. He was quiet for a long time.

About the Painting:
Chickadees are rarely still. Yet most paintings I see of Chickadees have the chickadee in similar poses. We all know what a chickadee looks like. But stop. Do you really know what a chickadee looks like. They are always moving. They are often in strange positions as they work to get the seeds out of shells. I've even seen chickadees hanging upside down. All of these are images of chickadees that ask you to think of a chickadee beyond the standard image of a chickadee. So this sweet little watercolor painting captures a chickadee like you haven't seen before. The chickadee is dining on a black sunflower seed and in order to crack the shell they scrunch their little bodies into shapes.



Media: Watercolor
Size: 5 in X 7 in (12.7 cm X 17.8 cm)
Price: $120 USD

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Northern Cardinal Bird Art Painting by Sandra Merwin

Cardinal: Flying Above it All - Birds in flight Watercolor
Cardinal: Flying Above it All - Birds in flight Watercolor , painting by Sandra Merwin

About This Painting:
Do you ever wish you could fly above all the challenging times and see the bird's eye view. Gaining perspective often occurs when I see things from a distance. This time of year it is hard to gain perspective. There seems to be so much hustle and bustle as the deadline of the 25th approaches. Painting this helped me take a breath and relax and remember that much of the Christmas stress is self made.

I especially like the way the bird's wings frame the painting with the lost and found edges of the wing feathers. The red from the computer screen distorts the tone, and is not an accurate rendering of the Cardinal's color, so you may need to use your imagination if the color seems off.

Media: Watercolor on Yupo
Size: 8.5 in X 7.5 in (21.6 cm X 19.1 cm)
Price: $110 USD

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Flight Mates - Northern Cardinals Male Female Bird Art

Flight Mates - Northern Cardinals Male Female Bird Art
Flight Mates - Northern Cardinals Male Female Bird Art, painting by Sandra Merwin

About This Painting:
Flight Mates is a joyful painting celebraton our connections with our partners that can enhance our lives. Warm tones and and lost and found edges make this an emotionally warm painting.

Media: Mixed Media - Oil
Size: 16 in X 20 in (40.6 cm X 50.8 cm)
Price: $350 USD

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cardinal Companion - Painting for sale by SJ Merwin

Cardinal Companion - American Bird Series
Cardinal Companion - American Bird Series, painting by Sandra Merwin

About This Painting:
Yesterday I painted a Cardinal in Birch trees with pines in the background. Today I've painted a close up of a second male Cardinal who is perched in the pines ready to defend his territory.

Media: Oil
Size: 5 in X 7 in (12.7 cm X 17.8 cm)
Price: $120 USD

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Price: $120 USD plus $5.35 USD s/h
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Looking up: Chickadee Watercolor Pen and Ink Bird Painting Art


Looking up: Chickadee Watercolor Pen and Ink Bird Painting Art

About This Painting:
Chickadees have few natural enemies. Hawks will ignore this small bite of food and go after the sparrow.A chickadee is able to survive the coldest winters. Perhaps a chickadee is a higher life form?

Media: Pen and Ink with Watercolor
Size: 10.5 in X 8 in (26.7 cm X 20.3 cm)
Price: $110 USD

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Downy Woodpecker - Bird Art - SJ Merwin


Little Things Count: Downy Woodpecker

About This Painting:
When chaos takes over your life and tips everything upside down, little things become very important. Little things like a friendly touch and the sight of a Downy Woodpecker going about his life ..20% donation to Cascade Raptors Center

Media: Acrylic on Canvas Panel
Size: 5 in X 7 in (12.7 cm X 17.8 cm)
Price: $120 USD

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Large Original Raven Bird Painting for Sale

Raven Messenger
Raven Messenger, painting by Sandra Merwin

About This Painting:
Moving away from chaos is like being free buoy in the ocean. Some days you move. Some days the waves keep you in place. If you listen messages whisper of life on Ravens wings.

Media: Acrylic Impasto on Canvas Panel
Size: 16 in X 20 in (40.6 cm X 50.8 cm)
Price: $300 USD

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Paintings of Birds - American Pipit

American Pipit Watercolor
American Pipit Watercolor, painting by Sandra Merwin

About This Painting:
The American Pipit was posed on a barbwire fence when I saw him looking around at the green. He was as amazed as I was - that things are actually turning green even though we are still getting snow.

Media: Watercolor on Yupo
Size: 8 in X 10 in (20.3 cm X 25.4 cm)
Price: $100 USD

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Art and Paintings - Meadowlark Birds

"Meadowlark on the Wire" Song Bird by Sandra Merwin

About This Painting:
The Meadowlarks are singing in the fields near our house. Their song is a balm to my soul. They way they throw their heads back and move up and down the musical scale is truly incredible.

Media: Watercolor on Yupo
Size: 8 in X 10 in (20.3 cm X 25.4 cm)
Price: $100 USD

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Northern Flicker - Woodpecker Family - Painting, Art

Backyard Bird, Flicker Woodpecker
Backyard Bird, Flicker Woodpecker, painting by Sandra Merwin

About This Painting:
The Northern Flicker is the only member of the Woodpecker family which forages on the ground. Backyard bird watching is a chance to breath deeply and enjoy those things in life that are free.

Media: Watercolor
Size: 5 in X 5 in (12.7 cm X 12.7 cm)
Price: $75 USD

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Chickadees Birds Painting Art for Sale

Chickadees in Morning Light Near My Neighbor's Window
Chickadees in Morning Light Near My Neighbor's Window, painting by Sandra Merwin

About This Painting:
The winter the morning sun turns the cottonwoods yellow and the colors everywhere are saturated for a few brief moments. In one of those moments the Chickadees appeared. 10% True Blue Animal Rescue.

Media: Acrylic Impasto on Canvas Panel
Size: 7 in X 5 in (17.8 cm X 12.7 cm)
Price: $88 USD

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Winging it; Chickadee Style by Sandra Merwin

Winging it; Chickadee Style
Winging it; Chickadee Style, painting by Sandra Merwin

About This Painting:
16 X 20 inch impasto (thick paint) Acrylic. 20% donation to Old Dog Haven.

Media: Acrylic on Canvas Panel
Size: 16 in X 20 in (40.6 cm X 50.8 cm)
Price: $210 USD

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Price: $210 USD plus $9.5 USD s/h
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Rock Wren, Bird Art Painting by Sandra Merwin

Protective Coloring: Rock Wren - Bird Art
Protective Coloring: Rock Wren - Bird Art , painting by Sandra Merwin

About This Painting:
This little guy was perched on a large rock near the Yellowstone River. His protective coloring made him blend with the rock. His shadow wandered over the rock framing him nicely.

Media: Watercolor
Size: 6.5 in X 6 in (16.5 cm X 15.2 cm)
Price: $45 USD

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