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

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

Hummingbird on a Wire

Hummingbird on a Wire (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

Another Anna’s hummingbird because …they are just so sweet. I had fun playing with colours as well as form.

Here is Tom’s short poem for this tiny painting.

So kind of humans to erect
a fence like this through open fields
where the flower’s first effect
is to make me many meals!

image (c) 2021 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2021 TJ Radcliffe

Anna’s hummingbird

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

Another tiny creature for a tiny painting. Hummingbirds are so sweet and we do see them around quite a lot where we live. As we plant more flowering plants in the garden I hope they will spend more time in view instead of speeding off.

Tom wrote this: (I love the hummingbird’s perspective he imagines!)

Precisely feathered, warmed by sun
I sit upon a summer twig
while in the trees the bumblers hum
wishing they were like me: big!

image (c) 2021 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2021 TJ Radcliffe