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Female Rufous Hummingbird

A “Female Rufous Hummingbird” is the next painting in the Birds in Pastel series. She is depicted in flight as she is about to visit a rose and was painted on 9″x12″ white pastel mat paper.

As I shared in my previous post, Rufous are my favorite of the Hummingbirds that visit our area. The varieties of hummingbirds that arrive in the spring are Calliope, the Ruby Throated Hummingbird and the Black-chinned Hummingbird. Last year we seemed to have an abundance of each variety and I was kept busy keeping the feeders filled! But I love these beautiful birds so much, feeding them is a joy.

The “Female Rufous Hummingbird” pastel painting was a bit on the difficult side for me. I decided not to use an underpainting to see exactly why one is not supposed to paint on white pastel paper. Well I understand fully now! There isn’t any vibrance to the painting. I struggled with trying to paint the background because it was so dull and added way more product than was necessary. Then I had a hard time trying to depict the motion of the bird’s wings and scraped off pastel and reworked the piece many times. I finally just gave up and said it is what it is! This painting will go in the never to be seen again file.

Rufous Hummingbird
“Female Rufous Hummingbird”

I think you can agree that the piece is not vibrant. So, lesson learned, don’t paint on white pastel paper without an underpainting! All is not lost because I learned valuable information and had more practice painting birds in pastel. Nothing gained is ever lost and more time at the easel is what I’m working for, so all is good! By the way, the QR code is not on the original painting. I’d be a genius if I could paint that! 🙂 If anyone likes this painting and wants it, let me know in the comments below and I will send it to you! Seriously!

Well that’s all I have to share for now. I’m kicking around the idea of painting some more hummingbird pastels now that I’ve done a couple and have a feel for them on paper. More to come! Thanks for stopping in. Much love ~ Rhonda

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