"Hummingbird Paradise"

I have always relished the opportunity to challenge myself artistically and venture into new territories. Thus, when a collector recently commissioned a large 6-foot hummingbird painting, I was intrigued by the challenge of depicting such tiny birds on such a grand scale.

Digital mockup: The line indicates the directional flow intended to guide the viewer's eye.

I like to take time to carefully consider the composition of the painting, this involves taking into account a variety of factors, including color, shape, balance, and movement. Each element must be strategically placed in order to create a cohesive and visually appealing image. The relationship between the elements is also important - they should work together to guide the viewer's eye through the painting and create a sense of harmony. It's a thoughtful and deliberate process that can take time, but the end result is a captivating piece of art.

Sketching in the concept

To start, I use oil paint to sketch out the concept on the canvas, which has been toned with a thin burnt sienna wash. This technique helps me to establish the values of the painting, such as the lightness and darkness of the colors.


Completed Sketch


 Stage 2:   Blocking it in

Once I am satisfied with the composition, I begin to add more layers of paint, building up the colors and textures until the painting starts to take on a life of its own. Throughout the process, I am constantly referring back to the initial values making sure that the painting remains balanced and cohesive.

Completed Block in


Stage 3: Refining the Painting

Once the first layer of the painting is completed and given ample time to dry, it is time to move on to the next stage of the process. This involves carefully refining and perfecting specific areas of the painting. This is where the real magic happens. I like to work back and forth with warm and cool colors to give the painting that sense of the warm sunlight coming through. I also experiment with various textures to give the painting a unique personality and make it stand out. Adding depth and dimension to the painting can bring it to life and make it appear as if it's jumping off the canvas.


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