Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Collage Background Birds

My Collage Background Bird #1 and Collage Background Bird #2 pieces sold.  I decided to paint two  companion pieces on a couple of 5 x 7 canvas boards that I had prepped earlier. Since Spring has arrived and the Hummingbirds are here and nesting, I thought they would be a great subject. I chose the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds because they are common to this area. 

Note: I used the same technique for the background that I did the previous ones. I noticed as I did these the paper background was somewhat distracting, so I painted around the focal point (bird) with a little sky color and faded it out. I antiqued the edges and corners with Liquin and burnt umber which also brings attention to the focal point.

 "Nesting Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird"
(5 x 7 - mixed media (collage, acrylics, oils) on canvas board)


 "Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird In Flight"
(5 x 7 - mixed media (collage, acrylics and oils) on canvas board)



Hummingbird Facts:

  • Ruby-throats migrate 600 miles across the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The male hummingbird weighs the same as 2-1/2 paperclips.
  • A resting hummingbird may take as many as 250 breaths per minute.
  • After mating, the female hummingbird builds her nest and raises the young alone.
  • Female hummingbirds will usually have two eggs laid on different days and can have more than one brood of baby hummingbirds per season. The little eggs will be about the size of a pea or small jellybean.
  • Hummingbirds build their tiny cup nests out of foliage and moss then bound it together with cobwebs.
  • Hummingbirds eat nectar from flowers and hummingbird feeders, insects and spiders.


  1. You really have made this special. The background is stunning with the hummingbird. I loved your previous one too - hummingbirds with babies.