I just love these chubby little birds! This one makes me laugh because he’s so round, he looks like a Christmas ornament with a bird stuck on top! I always know that winter is arriving soon when these cuties arrive in our yard.
Moving from the graphite version of this fine fellow, I decided to do a watercolour study this time. As if often does with me, it turned into a bit of mixed media piece. So, here we have watercolour, a tiny touch of ink, some watersoluble graphite, and just a smidge of gouache. As always, my camera has washed out the blue background some. It’s more vibrant in real life.
Next up will be the seagull in watercolor. At least, that’s my intention! Who knows? And then all three of these birds will get the collage treatment.
This tiny female Ruby Throated Hummingbird has patiently made a nest lined with spider’s web and other soft materials for her itsy bitsy eggs.
Mini Mommy was painted with mostly watercolor, with a bit of ink and acrylics, on artist quality watercolour paper which is acid free
I find these birds so striking with their funky feather crowns. They have superior fish-catching skills, making them the Fisher Kings!
According to AllAboutBirds.org, this is a female. “Females are blue-gray with a chestnut belly-band and flanks.” The males don’t have the colourful belly-band, which I find unusual, since most male birds are more colorful than their female counterparts.
Yeah, I went a little wild with this one! I think the heat is getting to me. It started out innocently enough as a nice watercolour, but I thought it was a bit dull. I started adding different media to it (as I tend to do), and it winded up looking like this. Not sure how I feel about it, and I may do it again, but here it is!
Here’s one more oriole! The client who bought my last one loved it, but it was in the wrong orientation to fit into her display of other birds. She asked if I could do another, and we could swap them. And of course, I said, “For sure!” So my other watercolor oriole is back home with me, but if anyone wants it, just let me know! Click here to see him.
This little guy was all puffed up on a cool day, making him look quite chubby. I love his pose, because it seems like he’s saying, “Who are you calling chubby??”
These tiny sparrows arrive in the early spring around here. I noticed the other day that they are still around, and they are actually quite bold! One was hopping around my feet while I was filling the feeders, and flew right up to getting something to eat as soon as I hung the feeder back up.
I had already done this little sweetie in collage, but decided to try him again but this time in watercolour. I wish we saw them at our feeders, but although I sometimes hear one, I have never actually seen one in our yard. I know you’re out there. Come on over, my little chickadee!
As soon as the leaves start popping out on the trees, we put out oranges for the Baltimore Orioles that come up from the south. Soon we hear their melodious song and the first oriole shyly checks out the oranges and the hummingbird feeders. Soon they become very bold and can’t get enough of those luscious oranges!
Here is another experiment with mixed media. I wanted to get a deep rich green for the background of this little marsh wren, but wasn’t getting the effects I desired with watercolour. Instead of using acrylics this time to enhance the background, I went for coloured pencil. I found I couldn’t stop myself and added them to the bird also! So this little guy isn’t as loose as I had wanted him to be, but I think he’s cute anyway. You can find him in my Etsy shop HERE, or leave a comment below if you are interested in purchasing this little fellow.