Happy Friday! Happy Draw a Bird Day! It’s time to once again thank and recognize our friend M. R. Emberson at A-Wing and A-Way for informing us about the original Draw a Bird Day, celebrated annually on April 8. A bunch of my artist buddies and I have been celebrating it on the eighth of each month ever since! I hope you’ll enjoy. This is on 8 x 5″ 300-lb. Arches cold press (which helped me out a whole lot on this one):
I decided some time ago that I wanted to paint a hummingbird this month in watercolor for DABD, since July is also World Watercolor Month, sponsored (and created) by our friend Charlie O’Shields over at Doodlewash. I sketched them over and over, head, beak, body, you name it, I even painted one a couple of times in a sketch book, based on an illustration from a book. I wasn’t happy enough with the artwork to share them. Then an amazing photographer by the name of Emily Carter Mitchell of Bella Remy Photography posted this shot of a hummingbird yesterday that she worked with an engineer to orchestrate! And let me tell you, it’s a beaut! She graciously gave me permission to use her beautiful, crisp image in my painting today. And boy, did it give me a huge hand up! Thanks again, Emily!
I used a #2 round Isabey kolinsky sable (this is from a line of really nice but reasonably priced brushes) to paint everything but the eye. For that, I took another artist’s advice (sorry, can’t remember her blog name at the moment) and bought a very small Winsor & Newton Series 7 sable brush. The WN line of brushes is really expensive, but since there are very few hairs in that fine brush, and the hairs are fairly short, it isn’t too crazy at under $16. It does work wonderfully for very small areas like that one, and I’m sure it will last a long time, so it’s all good in the end. Sometimes you really need something very fine to get the job done. (Note: As a Blick Art Materials affiliate, purchases from these links help to support my site. Enjoy and thank you!)
If you would like your bird artwork to be included in my roundup in about a week, please put a link to your work in my comments below. Thanks so much for helping us make WordPress fly in July! 😀
Are we dancing? I think it’s time! Speaking of which, I just have to share a link to this video from Britt Nicole, as the song “Headphones” came on my Pandora station while I was painting this yesterday, and now I can’t get it out of my mind. I dare you not to dance when you hear this; it’s so zippy and happy! Happy FRIDAY and I hope you enjoy the dance today! Peace.