Friday, July 6, 2012

Red-billed Streamertail Hummingbird

The Red-billed Streamertail Hummingbird is the national  bird of Jamaica found from western to central Jamaica.  They are also referred to as "Doctor Birds" because their long tail feathers resemble the coats of old-style medics. These birds are 22-30 cm including the tail and unlike most hummingbirds are non-migratory.

"Male Red-billed Streamertail Hummingbird"
(5 x 10 - collage and oils on masonite board)

Artist Note:  This bird is painted in oils on collage background.  I painted in a mix of cerulean blue, sap green, burnt umber and white around the bird to bring more attention to the bird and a little less attention to the patterns going on in the background.  The edges are antiqued using burnt umber.

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