hummingbird paintings
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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Anna's Hummingbird painting by Carol May

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 hummingbird gifts.

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.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird painting

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.

baby hummingbirds by Carol May

"Tiny Treasures" shows a couple of precious baby hummingbirds in their nest.

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?

White-eared Hummingbird painting, art by Carol May

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.

Black-chinned Hummingbird painting

The Black-chinned Hummingbird is the western counterpart of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

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.

Hummingbird painting, art by Carol May

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.

Oil hummingbird painting

Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Azaleas painting

I enjoy doing hummingbird paintings. Lately I have been doing watercolor paintings, but this is one of my favorites 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 hummingbird art piece, "Spring Beauty".

What flowers attract hummingbirds?

more watercolor hummingbird paintings

Costa's Hummingbird painting

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.

The "Broad-billed Hummingbird" to me is one of the most colorful hummingbirds with it's iridescent greens and blues on his body.

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

I did this painting 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.

Rufous Hummingbird painting

"Rufous Hummingbird and Nasturtiums" have matching colors, great for a hummingbird picture.

You can tell that I like to co-ordinate the bird and flower colors in my hummingbird paintings.

The Rufous is noisy for a hummingbird and you can hear them at your feeders. They also like feeding from nasturtium flowers.

How do you make hummer food and feed them?

Bahama Woodstar Hummingbird painting

The Bahama Woodstar Hummingbird is a rare visitor to south Florida.

I have painted the female here with her cinnamon colored underside that go great with an orange colored hibiscus flower.

"Bahama Woodstar Hummingbird and Hibiscus" are great subjects for a hummingbird painting.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Trumpet Vine painting

"Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Trumpet Vine" The trumpet Vine is one of their favorite flowers. I see them going to the Trumpet Vine on our garden fence. They look like living jewels in the sunlight. Thus came this painting.

This is a beautiful watercolor paintings. It is one of those paintings that turned out absolutely perfect. It shows forth one of God's little jewels.

This watercolor painting is done on the traditional Arches watercolor paper.

God has put so much beauty here on this earth for us to enjoy. These birds with their jewel-like colors are one of the wonderful gifts God has given us.

We are shining jewels in God's eyes when we accept Jesus into our hearts.

I have original paintings in both watercolor and oils. And reproductions on either archival paper or canvas and note cards. You will find them all in the Art Store.

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