Draw a Bird Day June 2016


In March of this year, Deborah at Circadian Reflections posted some beautiful photos of hummingbirds she took in Santa Cruz. One photo in particular looked like excellent inspiration for a watercolour painting, so I asked her if she was thinking of painting it. She did paint it and posted it for last month’s Draw A Bird Day. She deftly captured the delicateness and vibrant greens of the bird. While she was working on her bird, she suggested I try to paint a watercolour of one of my hummingbird photos too. I purchased watercolour paints in January and took some painting lessons but found the paints and brushes hard to work with, so I’ve been quite reticent to paint a bird. The drawing above is made with pen and ink and Crayola markers. It is a study for a future painting.

I used a Staedtler pigment liner 0.1. When I used Crayola Markers on top of Pigma Micron pen lines, the ink spread – I guess they are ok for water based markers but not alcohol based ones. Recently, I purchased a pad of Pentalic 110 lb Paper for Pens. The paper is very smooth and is great for making smooth ink lines. My only issue with it is how much effort it takes to brush off eraser bits; they really stick to that paper! I’ve also tried watercolour paints on this paper. It is ok if you don’t apply much water in one spot and if you don’t rub the paper too much with a brush. So, I’m going to avoid it for painting in the future.

I did paint my first bird ever last week. I chose one with less colours and feather details than a hummingbird. It is awesome for a first painting but not quite satisfactory, so I may post it a bit later, once I’ve painted it again once or twice.

If you want to participate in Draw-A-Bird-Day or check out other bird drawings, head on down to Create Art Everyday! Thanks Laura for hosting this event!


  1. Oh my gosh! It’s stunning! I love the vibrant colors, and wonderful details! The wings and tail feathers are really neat, and the gorget is amazing!! Wow! Really great work. I can’t wait to see your painted bird.

    Thanks for the mention. xx

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  2. Such vibrancy! Great likeness. If you really want to do watercolors, keep at it. IMHO, I think it has the biggest learning curve of all the mediums πŸ˜‰

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