Embroidering hummingbird characters onto a tablecloth.
I started doing these kinds of projects as a child when my Grandma taught me how to embroider. Sitting in front of the TV, it is the way I survive the advertisement onslaught. Hate those commercials. I have kept most of my favorite projects including tablecloths for special occasions, pillowcases and t-shirts, but most are gifts for family like a butterfly and flowers design to my daughter-in-law, “Jamie” in South Carolina on her birthday. I have also done these (one a year) to take to the church yearly auction near Seattle for my tithing.
You may be wondering how many of these little hummingbird guys there will be on this one. Can’t really say how many because I have put a bunch along the edge of a full size tablecloth and have not even put the flowers and branches in the design yet. I may be adding more to the mix or even taking a few out as I go. Truely an artist’s heaven as the design is figured out as I go.
Here is hummingbird number 01 just finished on “the current tablecloth”. He is orange with a white neck and green wings. I will put theother hummingbirds up as I finish them.
Sketches to embroider a tablecloth with.
Been doing a lot of patience building as I wait for my broken collar bone to heal, 6-10 weeks seems like forever. I am able to use my right arm in limited motions close to my body so I am starting a tablecloth embroidery. Gotta have something for my hands to do at night.
For those of you who know me you are probably saying, “Another one”? Yep this one is a favorite subject of mine. Can you guess?
I am looking forward to Spring’a arrival to be able to put out the humming bird feeders. I am also planting their favorite flowers this year too and just can’t wait to sit out on my deck drinking morning coffee and watching these little guys fly around.
Here are the sketches to start off the tablecloth with, they are drawn with a iron-on purple pencil that I bought at the fabric store.
Okay. It is simply finishing up for me now. Blossoms in front and behind with shadows to show them in 3D. Leaves here and there some with details, some very light behind.
I try to ensure enough variety of texture and tone to keep the eyes discovering different parts as you tour the painting. Hummingbirds just do that to me naturally.
This is a 22″w x 30″h watercolor on 300lb. watercolor paper work. It is entitled, “Hummingbirds, Seven J1516” and if you’d like to see it then head on down to the Kress Gallery on the third floor of Riverfront Park Shopping Center (behind and to the right of the food vendors). It will be there through Nov 28th. This painting is at the top of the ramp going up into the gallery on the left hand side. If you are interested in purchasing it, just let me know.
Thank you for exploring this art journey with me.
Background sunrise is needed now, so I carefully wet the background area and drop in brushfulls of sunrise colors.
Little by little the background gives me a warm sunshine glow outlining all the vines, leaves and Honeysuckle blossoms.
I like the shapes and locations so I happily head into finishing all the bright blossoms and leaves being careful of shadows and shapes and I go.
I notice that the background is needing a more definite presence or I will stand the chance of really screwing up, so I begin darkening the branches, giving them their shadows and highlights.
Here is a closeup showing branch darkening.
Next, I notice it is mainly the path of the vines that needs to be done. Reserving where I am wanting to put things as I progress with the details. It is kind of like I need to build my structure where the rest of the characters will reside. Constructing the image site.
Here is the seventh Hummingbird located in the upper right corner.
You can see that my background remains just sketched in light.
After I add the colors for the next two hummers I have one left to colorize. Do you see him?
Now the center flying hummingbirds come into color. First there is the red necked hummer, with a white chest and green wings.
Then we have a violet and blue gorgeous hovering wonder above him. And we are up to four out of seven hummingbirds done except for final details. I can almost hear the “Star Wars” sound that they make, I swear that Lucas got that sound for when they are riding the jet motorcycles through the redwood forest on that planet from the Hummingbird whirring.
Finishing up the green guy perched on the branch lets me prepare to get ready for the flying guy above him. I also am finishing leaves and the vine highlights and shadows as I work on the birds. It is all a real gradual process for me. The images show before and the after.
After…. The guy perched on the branch (lower right) gets his green.
This second hummingbird perched on the branch in the lower right section is one I am wanting to have kind of blend in. So there is something to discover in the painting. His coloring is going to be in greens so that he blends in with his surroundings enough to allow this. I begin with the bright yellow green flecks on his chest and outlining his body shape. It is where I see the light hitting his feathers creating that iridescent gleam.Then I begin to decide on color scheme for the two centered figure above the two perched birds.