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earnest_ward
05-20-2012, 11:31 AM
I had a very fragrant Oregon Grape bush blooming with a profusion of very fragrant yellow flowers just outside the front gate. This, in turn, attracted the attention of a rather noisy (in the quiet morning air his wings sounded like a little outboard engine somewhere distant on the flat-as-glass lake) but oh! so beautiful Rufous Hummingbird. Life is good! :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2012/101693-Rufous_Hummingbird2.jpg

DrDebby
05-20-2012, 07:12 PM
Yes, they can sound loud. Then they dive at you with thunderous wings if you get between them and the food. :lol: Great sketch of the hummer.

earnest_ward
05-23-2012, 12:09 PM
Oops! :o For all of you who are into the technical side of things, this was done with watercolor over Platinum Carbon ink (waterproof and smear-proof ink made expressly for fountain pens) in a Holbein side-bound sketchbook. (FYI, the Holbein is interesting for both its Japanese wrap-around binding and its use of Strathmore Imperial watercolor paper - a delight to draw on in any medium. :thumbsup: )

earnest_ward
05-23-2012, 12:13 PM
...And the chop is Chinese vermillion "mud".

eyepaint
05-23-2012, 12:51 PM
Handsome fella. Thanks for the technical specs :)

Elain
05-23-2012, 03:46 PM
Lovely sketch. He looks as if he is just waiting to dive bomb some one or something.

Thanks too for the info

Joan T
05-24-2012, 11:04 AM
Awesome details to his feathers!!! Love it!