Sparrow - SOLD
I can’t seem to settle into a major painting since before Christmas and keep producing studies or small paintings. I have ideas for larger pieces in my head and filling sketchbooks but they don’t seem to translate onto paper or canvas. I must buckle down and just produce and not let myself get side tracked.
This little house sparrow was one of the side tracks. 5” x 7” on stretched canvas in acrylics.
And some interesting facts about house sparrows:
1. In 1883, House Sparrows were legally protected in Texas. There was a law that disallowed the killing of any sparrow back then.
2. The House Sparrow first came to North America in 1851, when it was introduced to Brooklyn, New York. From there, the House Sparrow population quickly spread to the Rocky Mountains and on to the West Coast, mainly due to introductions in San Francisco, California and Salt Lake City, Utah.
3. Incubation of eggs takes just 11 days, and two weeks later the young will leave the nest.
4. Most pairs will try and raise at least two and often three broods a year.
5. Their adaptability can be gauged by the fact that they have been found living and breeding 2000ft underground in a coalmine; others have been recorded living their whole lives inside warehouses