the joy of hummingbird paintings! god's flying jewels have color and personality

It's such a pleasure doing hummingbird paintings. Hummingbirds are such amazing little birds.

Nature and all its beauty is awesome. When the light hits the hummer's 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.

Anna's Hummingbird sitting a feeder, hummingbird paintings 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 on the feeder with the hummer's red head made beautiful hummingbird painting.



You may view these paintings in large sizes.

Many of my original paintings have been sold. However, you may get a beautiful archival reproduction for your home.

They may be printed in a variety of sizes from note-cards to wall decorations. They can be printed on paper, canvas, wood or even metal.

one is sure to suit your decor!


enjoy the hummingbird paintings

Hummingbird art of a White-eared Hummingbird visiting a Columbine flower painting by 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.



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.

Original Available



Broad-billed Hummingbird with delphinium flowers painted in a free painting style by the artist Carol MayBroad-billed Hummingbird

The "Broad-billed Hummingbird" has a natural freedom with its iridescent greens and blues.

They also have an orange bill. Most other hummers have dark bills.

The painting was done on watercolor canvas. It is more difficult to get detail on the canvas.

The colors slide around on the canvas, so I did the delphinium flowers in a free style.

The freedom in this hummingbird and flower painting made it a joy to paint.



Ruby-throat Hummingbird painted with watercolor by Carol MayRuby-throat Hummingbird

The "Ruby-throat Hummingbird" inhabits the entire eastern part of the United States.

The male is easy to identify with his ruby-red throat. But if the light is not shining directly on his throat, it will look dark.

This was a colorful hummingbird painting I did quite a while back.

It's nice to co-ordinate the flowers or whatever else is in the painting with the bird. So I chose the fuchsia flowers to set off the hummingbird.

As I look at the painting now, he looks a little chubby. He must be well fed.



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.



A watercolor painting of a female hummingbirdHummers-Eye-View

I was wondering what kind of hummingbird painting to do 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".

What Type of Hummingbirds do you see around your home?



Broad-billed Hummingbird painting in oils by Carol MayBroad-billed Hummingbird

Most of these hummingbird paintings are done with watercolor.

It was time to do paint a hummingbird with oil paints.

There are photos of each painting step with a good description. So you can paint this hummingbird with oils.



Bahama Woodstar hummer painting by Carol MayBahama Woodstar

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

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

Painting hummingbirds is lots of fun!



Hummingbird and Azaleas by painting artist Carol MaySpring Beauty

I enjoy painting hummingbirds. 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.

He is 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.



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 hummingbird art with their jewel-like colors.



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