25 April 2014

Back and forth

I remember the time I wasn't so crazy about watercolor paintings.

Watercolor 23 by SadMonkeyDesign

It's over now.


Grey Heron

Gyr Falcon



Mistle Thrush 

Peregrin Falcon 


White-tailed Eagle


Karl Mårtens was born in San Francisco, USA in 1956 and grew up in the vicinity of Drottningholm, outside of Stockholm. At the age of 16 he moved to Switzerland and from there to Canada, and eventually back to San Francisco. He returned to Sweden at the age of 40.

Nature studies, with a special love for birds, has been Karl Mårtens’ main interest since childhood. He has been drawing and painting birds as long as he can remember.

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