art by carol may
It is a pleasure doing hummingbird paintings of God's flying jewels.
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.
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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.
I did the painting on an 8x10 inch piece of Claybord' it is now
called Aquabord made by Ampersand. I enjoy painting on this Aquabord. It
takes the color well retaining brilliant colors which I enjoy. And the
best thing is when the painting is dry it is sprayed with a sealer and
then may be framed and displayed without glass. They make wonderful
Several years ago, I started using textured Claybord after my
husband and I did an outdoor art festival on the west coast of Florida.
There were 60 mph wind gusts that day. I had a tent full of watercolor
paintings done on Arches paper and framed under glass. We got afraid to
have people come into the tent for fear that it would go over and people
would get hurt from the glass. Besides that the large paintings covered
with glass were very heavy to move around.
So I started looking around
for a different way to do watercolor painting and I found Claybord. I
loved it and I have been using it ever since. And now they have changed
it’s name to Aquabord, but it is the same archival support as before.
I painted this "Ruby-throat Hummer and Daylily" using watercolor on aquabord.
I drove home one day and sat in my vehicle waiting for the rain to
stop before I got out.
A Ruby-throat Hummer came and ate from the red
Daylilies. I was surprised to see him, but what a treat!
The red flower
color set off his red throat perfectly.
"Tiny Treasures" shows a couple of precious baby hummingbirds in
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 as shown
in this painting 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.
Where do hummingbirds build their nests?
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.
The Black-chinned Hummingbird is the western counterpart of the
They are separate species, but 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 Liatris" flowers that they feed from. The flower color also compliments the male's violet throat color in this hummingbird painting.
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.
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.