Tiny but Fierce

Tiny but Fierce (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

You have to admire these feisty little birds and this one is just full of attitude. I kept the background quite loose here to keep the focus on the hummingbird …you can’t miss that intense stare!

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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. 🙂

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Woolly Bear

Woolly Bear (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

I’ve always thought woolly bears were cute and of course like most of us, tried to predict the severity of the winter by looking at the width of its colour bands. This was a bit of a challenge – how do you make a creature without a face engaging? Well, I made it as fuzzy as possible and I think it works!

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Tree frog

Tree frog (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

Tree frogs are commons where I live now on the west coast. I had never seen one until I moved here! They are as adorable as a frog can be – at least in part because they are so tiny. This past summer, we had one who liked to hang out in our potted plants on the deck. It was such a dry summer – they were likely enjoying the moisture from my watering.

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