Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hummingbirds 6 inches long

I know that I'm not the only one that finds great joy in watching the hummingbirds dart around the feeder.  These tiny creatures pack a super attitude as they dive bomb each other, chattering and scolding as they fly past.  I'm fortunate because in Las Vegas these little guys hang out all year round.

Hummingbirds have been a recent favorite painting subject of mine.  Most paintings I have observed that contain this aerial acrobats usually have a canvas full of colorful flowers and showcase these tiny winged jewels.  My idea was to compose the piece by having the flowers dwarfed by the bird himself.  Hence comes my 6 inch hummingbirds.  My friend Doug Beck from Seattle Washington has taken some fantastic photos of hummingbirds and with his permission I have used these photos as my inspiration.  Check out his work at http://desertbighorn.smugmug.com/.  You will be very impressed with his photos.

Hummingbird I- 24 x 36

Hummingbird II- 24 x 36
Both of these paintings are for sale on my website at JTownsendStudios.com if you want to check them out.  I know that I have several more paintings coming in the future that feature lots of bright flowers, feisty little winged creatures and an abundance of green.


  1. Julie, these are beautiful! Quite a change in subject matter for you. I enjoy your blog!

  2. Thank you so much Janet. I really enjoy writing my blog and painting these hummingbirds were so much fun.