Arthur Singer (New York, 1917 - 1990) "Mountain Bluebird and Sagebrush" Signed lower right. Original Watercolor painting on Illustration Board.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the 20c Nevada: Mountain Bluebird and Sagebrush stamp issued on April 14, 1982.
Mountain Bluebird - A pair of Mountain Bluebirds floating before a pine tree in the sparkling afternoon sun is a glorious sight. The vivid blue of the male rivals the deep blue Nevada sky, and can be best appreciated on a bright summer day. This gentle, friendly bird used to be common in city parks and suburban gardens but has been crowded out of many areas by such upstart-immigrants as the English sparrow and starling. Practically speaking, the Mountain Bluebird is a very desirable resident, eating pests like cutworms, cankerworms, grasshoppers and weevils. In the spring, it seeks out open areas with scattered trees as the ideal environment for nesting. Sagebrush - The Sagebrush is the floral emblem of Nevada, a state proud of its enchanting desert. Unknown to many people, Sagebrush has its distinct points of beauty and value. It furnishes food for many hardy plains animals and is often used as fuel for man. Ranchers know that where Sagebrush grows, alfalfa will flourish. It is a shrubby plant whose height may vary from twelve inches to twelve feet. Inconspicuous yellow flowers, set in clusters, grow at the end of the shrub's branches. There is nothing striking or unusual about a single sprig of Sagebrush, but thousands of the plants, reflecting the day's differing lights, make the desert dance and come alive.
Image Size: 13.75 x 11.75 in.
Overall Size: 19.5 x 17.5 in.
Available payment options