Martinique – Wine Throated Hummingbird, Atthis ellioti


Whilst doing research for another painting (that’s still not finished) I found this amazing photo on the web


It’s by José Antonio Yee, an otherwise obscure photographer. I stared, awe-struck, then picked up pen and canvas (by pure chance I had the perfect little square canvas that I had bought months before for an undeveloped project) and started drawing. Later I printed out a full size copy of the photo – mainly because I see colours better on paper than on the screen.

I wasn’t by far the first to attempt the task (I found many, many other artists who had painted the same little bird) and it took a little longer than planned but hey, it didn’t come out too badly, right?


Mine is the one on the right

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