19 April 2014

To set the world on fire

In 1937 William Zimmerman was born in Dillsboro, Indiana, US. When he was 10 years old, he discovered, in his neighbor’s library, The Birds of America, the ultra-famous book by naturalist and painter John James Audubon. William Zimmerman’s long passion for drawing and painting birds was ignited.


American Kestrel (1989)

Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow (1989)

Belted Kingfisher (1989)


Blue Jay (1989)


Bohemian Waxwing, Cedar Waxwing Loggerhead Shrike (1989)


Brown Trasher (1989)


Chimney Swift (1989)


Common Barn Owl (1989)


Common Loon Adult in nuptial plumage (1989)
 

Eastern Screech Owl, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red Breasted Nuthatch, White Breasted Nuthatch Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren (1989)


Little Blue Heron (1989)


Northern Harrier (1989)


Northern Harrier Rough-Legged Hawk (1989)


Osprey (1989)


Red Winged Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird, Common Grackle (1989)


 
Ruffed Grouse (1989)


Sandhill Crane (1989)


Turkey Vulture (1989)


Wild Turkey (1989)


Wood Duck (1989)


Roger Tory Peterson (hoola, he's just not anybody!) has referred to William Zimmerman as one of America’s premier bird artists.


14 April 2014

Provençal land escape

Living in Provence, France Julian Merrow-Smith is a prolific painter. Be welcome to visit his Postcards from Provence, his perfumed landscapes.



 Barleyfield at Sault



 Before the Harvest



 Cabanon and Poppy Field



 Field of Gold



 House with Shadows



 Lavender Fields near Sault



 Mas des Cyprès



 Morning near Sault



 Near Gigondas



 Spring Wheat with Poppies



 Track near Flassan



 Track Through Lavender Fields




Track Through Shadows







11 April 2014

Falcon collection

Offset lithographs printed in 1956 – Oldenburg, Germany.


 Accipiter nisus



 Buteo buteo



 Circus aeruginosus



 Circus cyaneus



 Falco columbarius aesalon



 Falco subbuteo



 Falco vespertinus



 Milvus migrans



Pernis apivorus


Source: Craftissimo


04 April 2014

White peacocks bloom

White peacocks are not albinos; they have a genetic mutation that is known as leucism, which causes the lack of pigments in the plumage. Source: Wikipedia.

Enjoy the beautifully white explosive paintings by Jessie Arms Botke, an American art nouveau painter born in Chicago (1883-1971) and known for exotic, highly decorated bird studies.

The peacocks are shown in natural settings accompanied by carefully painted flora. The artworks are richly adorned with an abundance of detail.