Hummingbird Watercolor 8 x 10 300# Arches Cold Press
For #DrawABirdDay this month, I decided to paint a Hummingbird – the smallest bird of all.
I adore the sweet little hummers that visit our backyard every summer.
I take special care to assure their feeder is full of fresh nectar each week as I know they count on and need it to support their ultra-fast metabolism. I have read that their heart rate can reach as high as 1,260 beats per minute, and they have a breathing rate of 250 beats per minute, even at rest. During flight, oxygen consumption per gram of muscle tissue is about ten times higher than that measured in elite human athletes.
Amazingly, these tiny birds fly all the way from Mars, PA to Mexico, the Caribbean Islands or Central America every winter and return each Spring.
After I painted this, I realized I had painted one about a year ago, shortly after I took up watercolor. I recall thinking my hummer was one of my best paintings I had done at the time as I had only been painting for a few months. Looking back, I still like it, and I am also surprised at how different the two look. I can’t decide which I like better. I question if my art has even improved over the past year.
One thing is for sure, the splatter is one thing I have always loved! 🙂 I believe my strokes are more confident, my use of white space more defined, and my splatters a bit more refined and controlled.
Another thing I know for sure…. I am having FUN! Painting to me is relaxing. It is a way to unwind after a stressful workday or energize an early morning.
If you have ever thought about giving watercolor or any kind of painting a try, DO IT! Discover that inner artist just bursting to express your individual creativity. You will never have a dull, boring moment again in your life. You will always have something fun to do. You will always have a way to express yourself. You will always be able to create something beautiful to someone.
Cheers & Hugs,