Hummingbirds are very popular, so let's learn how to paint a hummingbird.
The Ruby-throated hummingbird is the most wide-spread hummingbird in the United States. We will do our painting with watercolor.
Here is a sampling of some of the hummingbird paintings I have done in the past.
The first one "Lady's Bath" is a hummer enjoying the spray from a sprinkler. We would see them flying thru the spray on our bird bath and I thought it would be fun to paint.
The second watercolor painting is a "Broad-billed Hummingbird" with delphinium flowers done in a colorful, loose painting style.
Costa Hummingbirds are seen in the southwest where cacti live. So I put the "Costa Hummingbird" visiting a cactus flower.
The "R-T Hummer" is the first hummingbird painting I did with watercolor. I saw them visiting the trumpet flowers on my garden fence.
"Spring Beauty" is an oil painting of a Ruby-throat visiting azalea flowers. It is an oil painting.
Enough of my paintings, let's learn how to paint a hummingbird with watercolor!
I did this painting on an 8x10 Aquabord. You may certainly use watercolor paper.
All of my watercolor paintings are done with tube watercolors.
Watercolor paintings are done with soft brushes made specifically for painting watercolor.
This painting is done with a semi-triad color scheme of yellow, red and green.
You may find the basics of watercolor painting on the How to Watercolor page, so there is no need to repeat everything here.
The drawing was done on a separate paper and transferred to the painting surface with graphite paper. If you are good at drawing, just draw directly onto the painting surface.
Now we get to paint where its name came from "Ruby-throated Hummingbird".
The painting is finished or you may put a light wash on the background as above.
Now that you know how to paint a hummingbird, you may want to paint a Ruby-throated Hummingbird or one of the other types of hummers.
See photos of the various types of hummingbirds seen in the United States.
The Basics of Watercolor page has a demo of a Rufous Hummingbird visiting a yellow daisy flower. It is done in a smother style of painting that you may like.
Visit the other How to Paint Watercolor pages, you will learn some more watercolor techniques and have a chance to paint a variety of critters.
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