August 02, 2018

Colibri de Costa

Wild thing, you make my heart sing...

I have a hummingbird feeder right outside my window that I keep filled year-round. The most frequent visitors are Costas. They are very small (less than 3 inches) and I am amazed how they can survive the extreme temperatures and monsoon storms during this time of year.

So this is the "wild thing" I chose for this week's theme at Simon's Monday Challenge Blog.

I traced the outline from a photograph and used watercolors on a blank watercolor postcard.

The male hummingbird has an iridescent purple gorget (throat patch) that flares out along the sides of the neck like a mustache. I wish I'd had iridescent paint but I could go over it with some Perfect Pearls if I wanted to duplicate this effect.

If you are shy about watercolors, you might be more comfortable working with a small format as I find it easier to manage. All you need is a tiny brush.


  1. Beautiful little watercolour, the soft grey chest conveys perfectly that velvety soft texture of a small birds chest feathers. x Amanda

  2. Just painted a few hummingbirds myself, but no birds are not even as colorful as yours with that vibrant purple him, and love your watercolor!!! Gorgeous piece, just wonderful!!!

  3. Love the soft background and pretty bird-Gorgeous!

  4. As always, your work is faultless and this is so beautiful...I absolutely adore it! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... x

  5. This is amazing and I am in awe of how you really made this art your own! My parents have a hummingbird feeder and I love watching the birds buzz around and defend their turf! They are always stunning and you've captured that same sense of beauty here. Thanks for always sharing inspiring work and for the wonderful comments you've always leaving on my blog!

  6. How delightful! Your art must bring you so much pleasure! Hummers are just so amazing. Our feeder is just outside our front window. We never get tired of the show.