The beginning of Spring is a great time to start a project or hobby you’ve dreamed of trying!
Learning to paint or picking up some good tips to challenge your skills just might be the perfect thing.
Spring birds are a good choice. They are colorful and fresh…Lets review some tips for creating them!…
And if Hummingbirds are not your thing, how about a whale? Look for that in the next blog.
First…Find some hummingbird photos you like for reference. there are many on the internet.
If you are uncomfortable doing your own drawing…
Here is a new sketch of mine that you can print out for your personal use!
By the way, I have a file of drawings on my blog that anyone is welcome to use for free. Link http://www.bergsma.tv/drawing-sheets/
Once you have drawn your bird paint the lighter areas first using purples, blues and greens for the shadowing.
When you design your drawing create separate shapes almost like a paint by number image.
When you paint them just vary the colors in the shape to avoid a flat looking wash.
As you build your washes don’t let the wet areas touch. This helps avoid bleeding and running colors!
Painting watercolor takes patience and if you don’t have it? …:)
You can use a hair dryer to speed things up.
Once you have all the colors filled in you may like to glaze with a brighter transparent pigment.
I have picked a bright green to paint over the top part of the bird to give it more pazazz!
You can still see the other colors under the green like stain glass.
Some thoughts about Hummingbirds;
Hummingbirds, are spirit messengers between worlds.
They help pull our awareness out of the mundane so that we recognize the wonder of Creation.
They teach us tough independence and to get into conflicts in a way where no one gets hurt.
Hummingbirds also inspire us to protect the environment & to preserve old traditions that are in danger of being lost. Hummingbirds are seen as a symbol of resurrection in South America.
They are here… Get out your feeders please!
Finally I add a few fine details with my liner brush and tinted white titanium watercolor. For more information about painting Hummingbirds you can visit my You Tube library at… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzxYPQDk-uU
I hope all of you have a fantastic 1st day of Spring.
We will talk again soon.
Happy Painting and Happy Spring, Jody
P.S., If Hummingbirds are not your thing…How about a frog;).
Spring is a time for new beginnings…. Don’t be upset with the people (frogs:) and things you cannot change. Instead move on, Let Go, and focus on the things you can…YOU can change and YOU deserve to be HAPPY!