hummingbird paintings

painting the flying jewels


It is a pleasure doing hummingbird paintings of God's flying jewels. These little birds pack so much color and personality. Their beauty shines through in these paintings - enjoy!

This hummingbird art is done on archival aquabord. It is a hard-board to which a ph neutral kaolin clay had been applied.

After the watercolor painting is thoroughly dry an acrylic fixative is sprayed on to protect and preserve the hummingbird art for years of enjoyment.

Beautiful Hummingbird Paintings - Art by Carol MayAnna's Hummingbird

Using my husband's hummingbird picture of a hummer on the feeder's perch for reference I changed the Ruby-throat Hummingbird to an "Anna's Hummingbird".

The Anna Hummingbird has a flared rose colored gorget and the same color on his head.

The red color on the hummer made a beautiful painting with the red on the feeder.


beautiful hummingbird paintings

Baby Hummingbirds in the nest painting by Carol MayTiny Treasures

"Tiny Treasures" shows a couple of precious baby hummingbirds in their nest waiting for mom.

Hummingbird nests are usually less than two inches in diameter. They put soft materials inside of the nest and often camouflage the outside of the nest with pieces of bark, moss or pieces of lichens.

The foreground leaves give the idea of how small the baby birds and their nests actually are.

This truly is Art by Carol May because I have never seen a hummer nest in real life.


White-eared Hummingbird and Columbine by painting artist Carol MayWhite-eared Hummingbird

The "White-eared Hummingbird" is about the same size as the Ruby-throat Hummingbird. It is seen in the high pine forests in Arizona, New Mexico and more rarely in west Texas.

The male has purple on his head with the identifying white mark behind the eye.

In this watercolor painting I show him here feeding from a Columbine flowers.


Black-chinned Hummingbird with Liatris watercolor painting by Carol MayBlack-chinned Hummingbird

The Ruby-throated is the most numerous of the types of hummingbirds seen in the United States.

The "Black-chinned Hummingbird" has a black chin with a lovely violet throat.

I show him here going to Liatris flowers a Midwestern native flowers they like to feed from.

Calliope Hummingbird in the alpine woods by artist Carol MayCalliope Hummingbird

This is the "Calliope Hummingbird". It is a small hummingbird.

They are found high in the Alpine forests in the western United States.

I did a bunch of drippy paint to indicate their forest environment.


A Rufous Hummingbird with a daisy is the subject of the How to Watercolor page.

Black-chinned Hummingbird with wisteria flowers by Carol MayLavender Beauty

The Black-chinned Hummingbird is the western counterpart of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

They are separate species. The Ruby-throat covers the eastern part of the United States and the Black-chin covers the western part.

They look very much alike except the Black-chinned has a violet throat instead of a ruby throat.

I have shown the male "Black-chinned Hummingbird' with Wisteria to complement their purple throat.

The flower color also compliments the male's violet throat color in this hummingbird painting.


Framed Hummingbird Prints are available.

Hummer's Eye-view artist Carol MayHummer's Eye-view

I was wondering what kind of hummingbird to paint next and I had a vision of a female hummingbird flying up to a petunia flower.

Thank God for His ideas. So here came "Hummer's Eye-view".

This painting and the previous painting are done on textured claybord which adsorbs the paint into the panel making the colors softer than when done on a smooth claybord.

Claybord, by the way is not a misspelling of the word. It is a brand name of an art support manufactured by Ampersand.

Bahama Woodstar hummer painting by Carol MayBahama Woodstar

The "Bahama Woodstar Hummingbird" is an occasional visitor to south Florida.

So I did a painting of it visiting a beautiful orange hibiscus flower to co-ordinate with the buff color on its chest.

Painting is lots of fun! You can learn to paint, too.

Hummingbird and Azaleas by painting artist Carol MaySpring Beauty

I enjoy doing hummingbird paintings. Lately I have been doing watercolor paintings, but this is one of my favorites done in oils.

It is a Ruby-throat Hummingbird with spring blooming azaleas.

Actually where I live the azaleas finish blooming a couple of weeks before the hummingbirds fly in. But I thought it would make a beautiful painting.

So I used my Art by Carol May artist's license for this hummingbird art piece, "Spring Beauty".


Costa's Hummingbird with cactus flower watercolor painting by Carol MayCosta's Hummingbird

The "Costa's Hummingbird" has a blue-violet flared gorget and head. They are found in desert areas and build their nests in cacti and yuccas.

I didn’t show a nest in this hummingbird picture, but I showed him feeding from a Prickly Pear cactus flower. You don't see many hummingbird pictures with cactus.

The flowers aren’t really that orange in real life, but I used my artist’s license, as I did in doing all of these hummingbird paintings.

See a hummingbird nesting in a Prickly Pear cactus.


Broad-billed Hummingbird visiting a trumpet flower by artist Carol MayBroad-billed Hummingbird

Hummingbirds are so colorful when the sun hits them just right.

They are like beautiful shining jewels.

This "Broad-billed Hummingbird" is visiting a trumpet flower.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Carol MayRuby-throated Hummingbird

"Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Trumpet Vine"

I see the hummers going to the Trumpet Vine on our garden fence. They look like living jewels in the sunlight.

This is a beautiful watercolor painting. It is one of those paintings that turned out absolutely perfect. It shows forth the beauty of one of God's little jewels.

I enjoy doing the hummingbird paintings with their jewel-like colors.

We are like shining jewels in God's eyes when we accept Jesus into our hearts.

Fifteen Types of Hummingbirds seen in the US

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