Painting an orange Rufous Hummingbird hovering over a honeysuckle vine. I thought I’d get out the acrylics for a few “favorite things” paintings. Consequently, the subject manner falls back to one of my all time favorites.
We feed these hummers all summer long and enjoy sitting on the deck admiring them. Above, is the finished painting. Following, are the progress shots of the acrylic painting process for me.
Beginning with background darks using mixtures of hookers green, phalo green, burnt sienna, cobalt blue and alizaron crimson in a hap hazard cross stroke pattern. Carefully blocking out the location of my “flying hummer star” on the lower third right corner.
Next, I experiment with leaf shapes and brighter values for the surfaces closest to the main attraction. Similarly, I proceed to brighten specific leaves that serve as a background for the flashy orange honeysuckle blossom being positioned next. I want to see depth to the vine behind.
Hummingbird & Blossom
Now, is when I select where I want to place the up close blossom along with some scattered hints of more in the background. Also, the hummingbird shapes and values are defined. The layout works for my eyes, so I proceed.
What follows is numerous lighting tweaks, along with the details on my winged magician, “Mr. Orange Rufous Hummingbirds“. This bright orange guy is now hovering on the canvas. The finished shot of this acrylic painting is the first one in the post. If you are interested in learning more about hummingbirds, check out the Audubon page here.
I noticed a pen and ink challenge on the Dick Blick Art Supplies site, called InkTober 2019. The juror is Jake Parker, and after looking at a video of his on YouTube, I was ready. Inspired to dust off the cobwebs and do some pen & ink work, after all….
Mrs. Dorinda Lum at Castle High School entered it into the “dip” pen & ink and wildlife rendering. It won the Windward Artist Guild scholarship in 1977.Here is the first pen & ink I did in high school using a simple dip pen and pictures from the classroom National Geographic magazine of elephants in Africa as a reference. It was a pen & ink drawing done on sketch paper, entitled, “Elephant”. Pen & ink has been a highly favored medium of mine since … long, long, ago!
Discovering various dried out bottles of ink, fully hardened dip pen tips, rapidograph’s (both clean and dirty) in various stages of assembly and disassembly…. stashed all over the studio. Suddenly, this little thought, became more-of-a-chore real quick.
What was I thinking? Oh, that’s right, I wasn’t!
Evidently, right now is time for me to clean-out, fix-up and reorganize my drawer of pen & ink drawing supplies. Just when I thought I’ve made good progress in cleaning up the studio, I discover another mess hiding somewhere. Uh huh, the pen & ink stuff is now all spiffy here in the studio.
There are now nineteen completed hummingbirds embroidered around the edge of this 96″ x 55″ white tablecloth.
I began showing this embroidery project earlier this year, showing each hummingbird as it was being completed, the total tablecloth is progressing nicely to the next level. I began with drawing sketches of what I want to do on the cloth with an iron-off marker, (bought in the quilt section of the fabric store) then just get out my box full of thread (floss) and go for it. It is relaxing like painting with colorful thread for me. TV is often boring – especially the commercials so I enjoy doing this embroidery in the evenings to relax.
When completed my tablecloths don’t sit in a chest not being used. I give them to family, and really love to use them myself for fancy dinners or celebrations, and, I do sell some. I have even been known to take them to church auctions to raise money and do my tithing.
With the 19 birds around the edges complete, I am now adding branches with vines wrapped around them with occasional honeysuckly blossoms mixed-in and it seems to be really coming to life. Here is the first completed corner.
This membership show will be up through the weekend after Thanksgiving and the admission is free. The museum has a “Titanic Artifact” exhibit that is quite phenominal. I was checking out their site and noticed that you can purchase NWMAC year passes that are really quite affordable when you consider being able to go see any exhibit anytime you feel like it. Art is good for the whole family’s soul. Here are the show goodies on my dining room table.
Won a $60 prize from Creative Catalyst Productions, Inc. –
The Creative Alliance in Oregon for my entry into the Spokane Watercolor Society Juried Show 2017. I will be checking out the video’s today… “Learn Art Anywhere With Confidence” is their heading on the site.
One of the SWS members had laid a copy of The Inlander, October 5-11, 2017 on the table with a paperclip showing page 31 (for me to see when I came in to do my volunteer hours). I love the way artists take care of each other. I am so lucky to be a part of this talented group! The Inlander, has a picture of my painting entitled “Seven Hummingbirds J1516” at the top of their article entitled “A Fall Feast for the Senses”, by Chey Scott.
Cool huh? I would never had noticed cause I don’t always get a copy. It makes me feel great.
This is a perched female in a rare pose ready to dive into a blossom full of nectar. These girls are a much duller range of color but if you really look at them in sunlight you can see flashes of different colors of light in their feathers.
Just finished this green and blue male Hummer on the tablecloth embroidery project. A zooming dude frozed in mid flight like only these birds can do. Hovering masters. I really enjoyed the way the blue under his wings really show how they bend and move during flight.
I am enjoying putting the flying characters on this tablecloth. At about half finished with the birds there are a few things becoming apparent with the design so far. The flying guys don’t seem to have as much to do with thoughts about the future design of the folaige and blossoms around them as the perched ones do. These are the kinds of thoughts going through my mind as I look at the last two finished. A female and male in close quarters. Their position seems to suggest a chase is in motion.
On “the tablecloth embroidery project” finished Hummingbird number 10. This is the first female character. I had a hard time figuring out how to get the neutral browns to show with stiches of color. Finally settled with bright purples, orange, blue pattern to separate areas. Then adding a mixture of browns and grays for that overall neutral coloring. She is in mid flight with wings in all a flutter.
On “the tablecloth embroidery project” finished Hummingbird number 09. This character is a mixture of greens with dark outlines in black and highlights in an overstiched very light green. I like the bright red under his neck.