chipping sparrow

28 May

I wanted to share another freshly finished piece for the framed feathers portion of my upcoming solo exhibition in July. The inspiration for this piece comes from adorable little chipping sparrows who have been visiting my front lawn and feeder for the last few weeks. They are easy to admire, a joy to watch and seem to be the most social of all the different bird groups that hang out at my place.They all have cute brownish red caps, whitish gray under bellies and a nice mix of yellowish beige, brown and white edged wings and backs; they really do have some gorgeous colouring… so naturally I am adding one of them to my framed feathers mix. I’ve included some progress photos because I know people often like to see the development of a piece. I began by drawing a simple outline/map with a pencil, just to give myself a guide. Then I used a mix of watercolor, acrylic, gouache and ink to color in the image while concentrating on tone and shape.  Here is the finished portrait in one of my found wooden/faux gold frames. I think this little fella is adorable and he sure looks comfy in that vintage oval frame. I am thrilled he will be accompanying me to Invermere in just over a month (along with John and tons of other birds and animals).

14 Responses to “chipping sparrow”

  1. Chantal Vincent 28/05/2011 at 19:01 #

    Adorable! Yes, I love seeing the development of a piece. Great choice of frame and I really love the effect you’re getting from working on a wooden background. Adds that extra element of nature. Beautiful.

  2. Jeannine | SaylorMade 28/05/2011 at 19:02 #

    I love him. He looks very dignified in the frame.

  3. anika 28/05/2011 at 19:55 #

    he is really cute & i love the wood background texture–seems to suit him so perfectly. i’m a big fan of in progress shots, so thank you for showing them! :)

  4. ezerd 28/05/2011 at 20:55 #

    teehee…he is a cutie! adorable. love love.

  5. Kye Sangha 28/05/2011 at 23:37 #

    I. Love. Him.

  6. Jules 29/05/2011 at 06:44 #

    Goodness, how amazingly detailed! He looks awesome…..

  7. naturesmyfriend 29/05/2011 at 09:19 #

    Thanks guys – I love his cute little pose too… he seems proud to be in that frame! I’m excited to add him to my exhibition, and as always I appreciate your feedback and encouragement :)

  8. Julie (O-kami) 29/05/2011 at 10:41 #


  9. kimi 30/05/2011 at 00:27 #

    Beautiful, Jessica! You are endlessly full of wonderful ideas. This one is really marvelous ~ the frame, wood and cute little bird all work so well together. :)

  10. Marcus 31/05/2011 at 21:20 #

    WHY DO I STILL HAVE A DAY JOB!!!!!!!!!!!! ARGH! Love your dedication and am totally jealous. Keep up the great work I LOVE reading about everything!

  11. rica 05/06/2011 at 14:00 #

    i looooove this Jessica, so so much!

  12. Tom Reaume 29/11/2013 at 06:29 #

    Hi Jessica,

    I enjoy your art. After finishing my FREE ebook on the American Crow, I am starting one on the Chipping Sparrow. It too will be a FREE ebook, probably ready in a few years. Since I include a lot of visuals in my books, I would like permission to freely use your framed oval portrait of the Chipping Sparrow above. Naturally I will include your name in the caption and the name of your website NMF. Thanks for the permission. The day if full of possibilities.

    Tom Reaume, Winnipeg, MB

    • Gwendolyn 27/04/2015 at 16:58 #

      Hi Jessica,
      Could you tell me where you got the oval frame? I think it’s the same ones that I have and I need 1 more. Someone was throwing them away and I scooped them up.
      Thank you,


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