Humming

Humming (12″ diameter oil on raised panel)

This felt big after a series of 4″ square mini paintings! It is not actually all that large at 12″ in diameter – the hummingbirds are about life-sized as they are in the minis.

Some paintings just flow together and this was one of them. It felt easy and playful to paint and I am really pleased with how it turned out too.

I have been posting quite frequently as I was catching up with the work I did during and after a posting hiatus during this past summer. I am all caught up now and starting work on larger pieces so I will likely be posting less often.

image (C) 2022 Hilary Farmer

Anna’s Blooms

Anna’s Blooms (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

This sweet little Anna’s hummingbird is perched daintily among the flowers. “Which one will I sip from next?”

I am having so much fun painting hummingbirds lately. And I’m not done yet! This was actually the last painting I finished in 2021 after this it’s all new 2022 work. 🙂

(C) 2022 Hilary Farmer

Dainty Rufous

Dainty Rufous (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

This is another common type of hummingbird where I live on the west coast of Canada although I see the Anna’s more often.

I was recently looking at slowed down videos of how hummingbirds’ wings move compared to other birds. Quite fascinating! Check out this Youtube video from the Smithsonian if you’re interested.

I was trying again to capture that sense of movement in stillness that hummingbirds impart.

image (C) 2022 Hilary Farmer

Anna’s in Flight

Anna’s in Flight (4″ x 4″ Oil on raised panel)

I see Anna’s hummingbirds around here more than any other kind and even at this time of year – unless it’s really cold – they can be seen darting around hoping for some fuel for their tiny bodies. I’d rather imagine them in the midst of the bounty of summer blossoms though. I’m happy with the blur of the wings capturing that feeling of movement in stillness.

image (C) 2022 Hilary Farmer

Little Brown Bat

Little Brown Bat (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

This – dare I say – cute little brown bat was painted as a commission. It was a Christmas gift for someone who loves bats and I am happy to say that everyone was pleased! I had never painted a bat before and honestly was a bit uneasy about it …but the more I researched bats, the more I came to appreciate them.

image (C) 2022 Hilary Farmer

Here the Birds Dance

Here the Birds Dance (24″ x 36″ oil on canvas)

To close out 2021 a larger piece that I worked on over a couple of months and finished recently. Inspired by the local juncos who are so quick flitting about. Often, they are only recognized by the flash of white in their tails. There is a feeling of Autumn in this piece as well, with arbutus berries and leaves and also signs of new rain in puddles. Realistic elements and other more abstracted passages balance each other.

Some details.

Here the Birds Dance (detail lower left)
Here the Birds Dance (detail upper left)
Here the Birds Dance (detail upper right)
Here the Birds Dance (detail lower right)

Wishing everyone a Very Happy New Year!

images (C) 2021 Hilary Farmer