Fuchsia and Hummingbird in Watercolor

Fucshia and hummingbird in watercolor

Winter has definitely arrived. It’s dark and rainy and cold today. Even the dogs don’t want to venture outside. It’s been pouring here for hours so lately I’ve been dreaming of spring–as you can see from my latest painting.

I’m a big fan of color so this brightly colored hummingbird tickled my fancy. This painting is based on a tutorial in the book, “Painting Garden Birds” by Sherry C. Nelson. The book is geared towards oil painters, but it translated easily into watercolor. This book has been sitting on my shelves for years. I’m glad I finally pulled it off the shelf and put it to good use.

17 Comments on Fuchsia and Hummingbird in Watercolor

  1. suzanne
    December 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Two of my favorite things fuschia and hummingbirds. Your painting is beautiful!

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    • afternoonartist
      December 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Suzanne. I love hummingbirds, too.

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  2. Francesca
    December 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm (3 years ago)

    This is do delicate!

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    • afternoonartist
      December 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Francesca. I had to use a light hand with the red paint to keep it from overpowering the painting.

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      • Francesca
        December 29, 2013 at 4:21 pm (3 years ago)

        You did a great job! It is so beautiful!

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  3. Cindy D.
    December 29, 2013 at 9:42 pm (3 years ago)

    SO pretty! Definitely brings the mind to Spring. And hooray for finding something great in an older book. :)

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  4. Caitie M
    January 1, 2014 at 6:56 am (3 years ago)

    So beautiful, Jill. I adore the little hummingbird!

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    • afternoonartist
      January 3, 2014 at 2:57 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Caitie. I was a little intimidated to paint the bird but I am happy with the results.

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  5. shreejacob
    January 2, 2014 at 9:50 am (3 years ago)

    Happy New Year! and beautiful painting as usual!! :)

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  6. Carol King
    January 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm (3 years ago)

    What a lovely watercolor.

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  7. chrishaywood31
    January 3, 2014 at 1:32 pm (3 years ago)

    I love your colours – they are so clear and fresh.

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    • afternoonartist
      January 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Chris. I’m a serious color lover so the fuchsia and colorful humming bird were lots of fun to paint.

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  8. elenacaravela
    January 5, 2014 at 7:50 pm (3 years ago)

    So beautiful! I love how you handled the back round. It perfectly compliments the bright color gradations!

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    • afternoonartist
      January 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Elena. That’s becoming my favorite background for floral paintings.

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