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Original gouache painting: Purple Martin, Female and Male

The Purple Martin is a lovely member of the swallow family, but this species unfortunately fell upon hard times when introduced species such as European Starlings and House Sparrows became widespread in North America. Due to competition with these birds for tree cavity nest sites, Purple Martin populations dropped precipitously, and in eastern North America, they are now dependent entirely upon housing provided by humans to built their nests. If you live in an area where martins need housing, and you have the ability to provide it, please do! Let's protect this beautiful bird for the future.

This listing is for an original unmatted and unframed gouache painting. Gouache is similar to watercolor, but is more opaque, allowing for brighter, richer colors.

Painting measures 8" X 10" (20.3 X 24.5 cm) to fit in a standard frame.

It is painted on 140 lb (300 g/m2), acid free, archival quality hot press watercolor paper, using high quality gouache paints. Painting is finished with a spray fixative.

This piece is signed with a monogram and year in the lower right-hand corner, and title, date and artist's name on back.

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Anna Bronwyn Foley

Bird Painting, Original, Purple Martin Painting, Bird Art, Wildlife Art, Nature Illustration, Gouache, Grey Bird, Blue Bird, 8" X 10"


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: gouache, watercolor paper
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Favorited by: 32 people