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Painting Easy Loose Blue Butterflies

Butterflies are one of the most popular subjects for watercolor painters and the reason is clear – they can let you give free rein to your imagination, and allow you to make up whatever patterns and designs you wish! A scroll through Pinterest will reveal literally hundreds of thousands of versions of butterflies! Here today I am just painting simple wet in wet blue butterflies, as I use the process as a meditation to reflect on life and its slings and arrows.

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Painting a Hummingbird and Hibiscus Flowers

I think if we did a poll on the most popular bird to paint, and the best-loved visitor to summer gardens, the hummingbird would be a strong contender. Although we don’t have these cute little people in Europe where I live, I do remember them from time spent in the Caribbean and Florida, so it’s always fun to have a go at capturing the liveliness and jewel-like colours of the hummingbird in watercolor.

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Five Ways to Paint a Hummingbird in Watercolor

About once a month I get the urge to paint a hummingbird. I’m going to show you how I painted the last five I have done, all of which are very different one from the other. So let’s look at Five Ways to Paint a Hummingbird in Watercolor.

In general, a bird is easiest and best painted in a fairly loose style, because if you paint tightly and are not extremely skilled, you will tend to lose the liveliness and movement of the bird.

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Painting Crows in Elder Trees

This time of year you start to see crows roosting in the trees in the late evening as they begin to get ready for the night. With fewer leaves on the trees they are more visible than at other times of the year. They gather together for security and protection against predators and also to maintain their body warmth as they huddle together.

As we are surrounded by these birds all year round they are a tempting subject for me to paint in autumn. I decided to use a simple design of crows in silhouette and bare tree branches with a touch of elderberries at the end of the painting crows in elder trees.

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