His Eye is on the Sparrow

“His Eye is on the Sparrow” 8in x 8in – watercolor on 140# Fabriano paper

This painting was partly inspired by the song so loved by gospel singer Ethel Waters, “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”

Although the watercolor painting is sold I since painted the same scene as an oil painting, 11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas.

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  1. Liveavatar
    March 21, 2007

    This made me gasp. I wish I could bid! This piece fills a big hole in my heart today.

  2. Ronell
    March 21, 2007

    This is stunning, Karen! Can’t say more than that..

  3. nina johansson
    March 21, 2007

    How sweet is this?! I love it! And I like the way you´ve made the arms go into the background by turning them blue – a great way to put focus on the hands and the bird. Beautiful painting!

  4. Karen
    March 21, 2007

    Thanks all …

    Nina … you have a good eye. After I finished laying in the basic washes and the background color, I took a big brush and knocked back the warmth of the flesh in the forearms. I wasn’t sure if it would work and risked ruining the painting at that stage, but I felt that it was necessary to make the bridge to the spiritual content … and also to keep the center of interest, compositionally.

  5. teric
    March 21, 2007

    This is so lovely and poignant! Love it.

  6. Chelsea
    March 31, 2008

    This is such a beautiful painting! I love how the hand seem to glow, they appear so warm compared to the blue of the background. And you put such a tremendous amount of detail into the sparrow; try as I might, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to produce a piece like this.
    PS: His Eye is on the Sparrow is one of my favorite songs :)

  7. Yvonne
    March 27, 2010

    Do you have a reproduction of this watercolor for sale?

  8. Kristin
    September 30, 2010

    I LOVE this painting… I would love to commission another one of these if you were up for it! My husband and I lost our house this year and miraculously God has provided a job for him and a home on SPARROW CT for us to live in! I have really been feeling God’s guiding/keeping hand through this whole experience and this picture perfectly illustrates that feeling of nurtured safety! Please let me know how I could get one of these for my new home on Sparrow Court! Thank you!!

  9. mandy barber
    November 19, 2010

    I am currently 6 months pregnant. My husband is native American and chose the name “Sparrow”..I am having complications and feel this painting would be an inspiration..Do you have any copies for sale?

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