Seeking summer’s sweet nectar.

 

Delicate hummingbirds are seeking summer's sweet nectar in this recently completed painting.

Giddy with the tantalizing smells of nearby blossoms, three hummingbirds hover over bright pink flowers.

They dive into the most redolent clusters, and then dash out again, in search of their next sweet taste of nectar.

Seeking Summer Sweetness
Hummingbirds hover over tantalizing pink blossoms.  "Seeking Summer's Sweetness". Acrylic on 12 x 15" gallery wood panel.

 

This is a partly intuitive painting in which I let the shapes dictate the type of flower I would paint. I used the same stencil for the birds as the one I used for Dance of the Hummingbirds that hangs above the piano in my living room. The actual colours are brighter than in the photo.

Seeking Summer Sweetness

 

Only much later did I realize that I had seen such flowers in May at the Mariposario in Benalmádena, Spain.  This is the curious thing about art: at times, one never knows where the mind travels and what might appear on the canvas.

I am thinking of making those flowers in my painting much darker to simulate the real ones below. What do you think?

 

Bottle brush flower at Mariposarium in Benaldmádena, Spain.

 

The Bottle Brush flower is in the Myrtaceae family and is found in some parts of Australia and New Caledonia. It is quite impressive although I am sure my Australian friends are probably indifferent about it much as we are with regards to our own native flowers.

Along with a variety of bright blossoms, we saw many species of butterflies. These will serve as future inspiration in my whimsical fantasy collection.

The most beautiful sapphire blue butterflies were camera shy ...kind of like the story of the big fish that got away...you will just have to trust me!

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Even so, it was an enchanting visit to a very special place.

Seeking Summer Sweetness made me think of the Mariposario in Spain.

What places serve as inspiration for your art?

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