Hummingbird Watercolor

Living in California affords me the greatest joy of being able to bird watch….and see HUMMINGBIRDS! We don’t have hummingbirds in Hawai’i, so they are a real treat to see. They are tiny and full of personality. I always wanted to paint a hummingbird watercolor so I am happy I took the time and did it.


In the Studio

unexpectedly matching my painting: botanicals and botanicals


Making Progress: Flowers first

I started with the background in saturated oranges and yellows. Then I sketched in my images with a black thin pen (Micron). Next step was to work on the flowers and leaves!


Special Appearance: Ladybug



I decided to add a tiny ladybug to this painting. When I was a little girl my mom got me a subscription to Cricket magazine (does anyone remember that mag??) and in the magazine was a…cricket, and as I recall the cricket had a ladybug friend. Also- to me, to this day, I still get excited whenever I see a ladybug (provided it’s not of the invasive non-native variety. 😉 )


Final Details: Hummingbird Watercolor

Hummingbird watercolor


My final step for my bird and seahorse paintings is always, always, the eye. I just wait until I am complete with my painting- then I step away from it for a day or two. I’ll come back to the studio and study the finished art and decide how I want to paint the eye as the final touch. I think this hummingbird looks rather thoughtful and happily pensive.




Mahalo for being here,

Mika (me-kuh) Harmony

mika harmony-at-Aloha art-studio

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