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Hummingbirds in Flight…Painting the Magic.


Hummingbirds in Flight

 Dear Friends,
 
  Welcome to Summer on the 20th and Happy Fathers Day on the 19th! 
 
  One of my favorite things about summer is the Hummingbirds. Do you have several feeders
and love to sit and enjoy their antics? I do.
I create a new hummingbird painting every year and this one is dedicated to their flight.
Did you know that Hummingbirds have far more unique flight abilities than any other bird,
and are able to fly not only forward, but also backward, sideways and straight up.
They can hover extensively and can even do aerobatics such as backward somersaults
as they dart among flowers.
 
To paint them well, first you must gather some research.
I take my own photos but the internet is a great place to find inspiration.
 
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Flowers for your composition are easy to find. I took this photo at a grocery store.
 
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The first step is to create your drawing. You are welcome to print this out and copy it
so you can follow along with todays lesson.
 
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With watercolor I always paint my light colors first. 
Darker colors will run along the edge when a lighter wash is placed next to them. 
Painting light first helps keep your washes crisp.
 
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To my light background I added some splatters and salt for texture.
Creating you palette in advance helps you match your colors evenly as you paint your
separate areas.
 
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I will paint all of the pinks, purples and reds first.
Each area is painted separately and allowed to dry.
Green is used near the base of the petals.
Using the opposite color in a flower petal is a great trick to use to
make shimmer and contrast.
 
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I use pink in the hummingbirds as well for “Repetition with Variation”.
 
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When the pinks, purples, and reds are complete I move on to the stars of this show…
The Hummingbirds!
First I paint some very thin washes to create the illusion of flight. 
I panted over the lines but I know that the soon to come darker washes
will hide the mistake.
 
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I use greens, lavenders and brown purples for the wings. Each feather is painted separately.
I am using a very light peach in the center of the feather and moving to darker shades
at either end of the shape.

 
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The white shapes for high light in the eyes is the unpainted white of thepaper. 
A little light brown is used in the iris and curved to give the eye roundness.
 
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Painting each feather separately and varying the colors gives the wings movement
and shimmer. Patience is required.
 
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Voila, “Hummingbirds in Flight”. 
Enjoy Your Summer!
 
Love, Jody
 
P.S….A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush…What does that mean anyway?;)
P.P.S…. They don’t weigh anything!

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