Lately I've seen several beautifully painted hummingbirds, which got me thinking about doing one myself. I did the research to find one I liked, sketched a pose, and added zinnias for extra color. Naturally, my version has dots, too. The painting turned out lovely, don't you think?
This has been a crazy, busy summer for me! Last week alone was exhausting, but wonderful. We spent 8 days backpacking in the wilderness with some dear friends and loved it...but it took me several days to recover, ha ha! (I don't sleep well in tents...)
Anyway, I decided that a sweet little bird was the way to get back into painting, so here is a little Blackburnian Warbler. I've never seen one before, but it's certainly a lovely bird, don't you think?
At the garden show this month, someone asked me if I had done any flamingos. No....but here is the first one! Painting all the pinks against the blue background was fun. The only title that came to me while working on this was Flamingo Dots, which seems rather uninspired, but fits nonetheless. :)
It's been a busy couple of weeks for sure! To get back into painting I decided to do the Daily Paintworks Challenge for the week, which is to paint a candle. I found a tiny, clear glass holder with a votive candle inside, then darkened the room to take some reference photos of the little flame in the darkness. Loved the contrast and tried to recreate it here!
Our last week and a half has been crazy busy! We went camping with almost 300 kids, aged 12-18, for an LDS Youth Conference, then we took a 12 hour road trip to Utah to visit with family for a couple days! It's good to be home again (for a couple weeks) and I look forward to getting a little painting done before our next adventure. (Canoe Camping!)
I get a kick out of the expression of this giraffe, so here he is again, but with different crazy colors.