hummingbird paintings

painting god's flying jewels


why do i paint hummingbirds?

It is a pleasure doing hummingbird paintings of God's flying jewels.  Nature and all it contains is awesome.  Hummingbirds are such amazing little critters. These little birds pack so much color and personality.

When the light hits their iridescent feathers they shine like Jewels in the sunlight. It is a challenge for the artist to paint their iridescent feathers and catch their energetic flight. But, I like a challenge.

A while back I was out of commission for a quite a while.  I wanted to paint, but I didn’t feel like handling large paintings anymore. Hummingbirds are the ideal subject for small paintings.

Their beauty shines through in these paintings - enjoy!

White-eared Hummingbird painting visiting a Columbine flower 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 flower.


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

Many of my original paintings have been sold.

However you can get archival prints made from the originals. They may be printed in a variety of sizes on anything from note-cards to wall decorations on canvas, wood or metal.

Beautify your home with my beautiful hummer paintings!


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.

My sister found a hummingbird nest in her yard. I finally got to see one in real life. And it was covered with lichens.


Anna's Hummingbird sitting a feeder, a watercolor painting by artist Carol MayAnna's Hummingbird

My husband took a photo of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird on our feeder's perch. I used his photo for reference and changed the Ruby-throat Hummingbird to an "Anna's Hummingbird".

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

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


Calliope Hummingbird in the alpine woods by artist Carol MayCalliope Hummingbird

The "Calliope Hummingbird" is a small hummingbird.

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

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


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.

The male "Black-chinned Hummingbird' in this hummingbird painting is painted with Wisteria to complement his purple throat.


Get this hummingbird as a framed print.


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.


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

The "Black-chinned Hummingbird" looks very similar to the Ruby-throat hummer, but it has a black chin with a lovely violet throat.

I show him here going to paintbrush flowers along a white fence.


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 him visiting a beautiful orange hibiscus flower to co-ordinate with the buff color on its chest.

Painting hummingbird is lots of fun!


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 favorite hummingbird paintings 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 painting of "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 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 Hummer 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.

View my paintings in large sizes and purchase a beautiful archival reproduction for your home.
You may get them printed on paper, canvas, wood or even metal. One is sure to suit your decor.
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