Today we saw our first visitor to our backyard hummingbird feeder. It was the most rotund little bird I’ve ever seen! I think it was a juvenile Anna’s Hummingbird. I painted this sketch with just three colors: Daniel Smith’s Quinacridone Gold, Pthalo Blue (red shade), and Carbazole Violet. I’m pleased with their mix of greens and browns.
Next I masked off the bird and branch with packing tape that I cut out with a razor blade, and painted the background. I wet the page and let my colors blend together. Once dry, I went back in to darken some areas and used a toothbrush to add splatters of paint. In some areas, I used a spray bottle to soften hard edges.
Once dry, I removed the tape and painted the foreground. I started with large areas of light greys and browns, and continued with darker regions and small, detailed strokes. I’m happy with the result, although the little hummingbird should be even fatter!
5 Responses to “Hummingbird”
Hi Maria! I love your bird paintings as of late! Well done lady!
Thanks, Hana! They’ve been fun to create.
Hi Maria…I found your blog through SketchbookSkool. I love your pages, especially this one with the hummingbird and the steps you took to do it. Thank you for this. I’m looking forward to your week at SBS.
Can you explain your technique to mask off with packing tape?
What kind of packing tape? How do you manage to cut it out the right precise dimension with your razor blade directly on your water-colour paper?
Hi Lynn, I use heavier packing tape, preferably brown so I can easily see it on the paper. My post on Glazing and Masking and Aspen Series demonstrate how I use it with some other paintings.