I begin painting the leaves of the Buddleia, sometimes called Butterfly Bush, with a few different mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White and Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. You may click on this, or any of the other images to view enlargements.

After the leaves are complete, the stems supporting the tall blooms are added. I’ve gone ahead and signed the painting with Cadmium Red Light. I prefer to do this while the paint underlying the signature is still wet. That makes it much easier to pull the lines of the calligraphy and make them smooth. If I waited until the background was dry, the surface would be bumpy and rough, making it difficult to sign.

The Buddleia blossoms are blocked in with several combinations, in varying proportions, of Magenta + White and Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White.

The wing of this Hummingbird is finished now that the towering flower in back of it has been painted.

Sunlight, illuminating the petals of the bloom in back of this little fella, accentuates his tiny foot.

HUMMINGBIRD HARMONY 12 inches by 12 inches

The whispering wings and cheerful squeaks of our colorful garden visitors come together in a delightful HUMMINGBIRD HARMONY that makes my heart sing.

VIDEO PROGRESSION – Come watch the progression from my initial sketch to the finished painting!


© Senkarik 2021

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