How To Paint A Hummingbird
As promised I am back in the studio and ready to give you another lesson. As you can see, I am taking my self portrait with my very attractive headset.
I have some research photographs taped to my desk front and the little white gryphon figurines lined up on the shelf, waiting to be painted.
(Heather's comment) Hot chick, with hot accessories!
As usual, the first thing you do, is to prepare your color palette. I have mixed at least ten shades that I will use throughout the painting of the hummingbirds. I will leave these colors on the glass palette and not remove them until the hummingbirds are finished. The paints will dry by tomorrow, but you can re-wet watercolor and this is one of the beauties of this medium.
Jody's palette November 19, 2008.You always start by painting the lightest washes first. It still seems unbelievable to most viewers that these simple shapes will eventually turn into a design that the brain will believe is a hummingbird. Jody's first pale washes.
The colors in the four hummingbirds will all match. Remember my phrase: Repitition with variation. This is what gives paintings their harmonious quality.
You can see by looking at this close up why I need to have jeweler’s glasses. The head of this hummingbird is the size of a penny.
Hummingbird in the nest.
I actually really love painting hummingbirds. The colors are bright and happy and their tiny bodies have relatively few details compared to most other birds.
It's wonderful to see a summertime bird during these dark days of fall.
I will finish the hummingbirds and show you all the secrets by next week.
- Monday November 17, 2008.
Gargantuan woman invades what city?
I wanted to include this photograph from my weekend trip. Can any of you tell me where I am? I want you to notice how small the people in this city are!
Tomorrow’s blog will be sponsored by Heather. She will be telling you about her job and why you will or will not get your holiday orders this year (haa haa – Heather!)
Talk to you tomorrow,