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This original watercolor painting was created by me, Kim Solga.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11"

The little water bird called "Ouzel" made his way into my painting! I was working on this scene of a splashing creek on July 31 when an ouzel flew into the scene and perched for a moment about 3 feet from me, doing the tiny knee bends that inspire his common name, the dipper.

John Muir wrote eloquently about Mr. Ouzel. "He is a singularly joyous and lovable little fellow, about the size of a robin, clad in a plain waterproof suit of bluish gray, with a tinge of chocolate on the head and shoulders. In form he is about as smoothly plump and compact as a pebble that has been whirled in a pot-hole, the flowing contour of his body being interrupted only by his strong feet and bill, the crisp wing-tips, and the up-slanted wren-like tail.

"Among all the countless waterfalls I have met in the course of ten years’ exploration in the Sierra, whether among the icy peaks, or warm foot-hills...not one was found without its Ouzel. No canyon is too cold for this little bird, none too lonely, provided it be rich in falling water. Find a fall, or cascade, or rushing rapid, anywhere upon a clear stream, and there you will surely find its complementary Ouzel, flitting about in the spray, diving in foaming eddies, whirling like a leaf among beaten foam-bells; ever vigorous and enthusiastic, yet self-contained, and neither seeking nor shunning your company."
- from The Mountains of California, by John Muir (1894)

This little painting on Canson natural white watercolor paper captures the magic of ouzel and his environment with cool blues, tans, aqua and green.

This painting is enclosed in sealed cello for protection and shipped safely in a mailing container. It is mailed to you by first class postage, and may require up to 3 business days to ship out. If you require earlier shipment, please convo me first. I take the utmost care in packing your purchases so that they arrive safely and in pristine condition.

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John Muir's Ouzel Dips Into the Waterfall

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