There’s a Hummingbird in my Garden

Since I moved to California (from England) to be with my husband, I’ve become more appreciative of birds. Not that I didn’t like them before. I loved them. I have had for many years a pet Cockatiel which sadly had to stay in the UK with my parents. But when I came to live here, it was the first time I had ever seen a hummingbird. They are tiny, cute and beautiful and I was in awe. And when I found out you could get a hummingbird feeder! So we strung one upon our balcony and that was my solution to not having a pet for the first time in my life. Over the past 5 years I have watched the hummingbirds come and go from our feeder, bought a house with a garden, bought an extra feeder, watched even more hummingbirds come and go, even stay and fight off others.

I’m truly hooked and inspired.

Some of them are iridescent, with bright emerald greens and ruby reds. Others different hues of browns.

I was inspired enough to ask V to get me some photos….


Ruby Throated Hummingbird perched on a wire.

Then I was inspired to sketch….

Hummingbird sketches in pen

That inspiration moved on to create.


Hummingbird in black pen and pencil.

And create some more


Doodles of concept ideas

I did studies of the different aspects of hummingbirds that intrigue me….


Studies of cypress vines. Hummingbirds feed from what seem to be the most beautiful flowers.

And finally create something more detailed.


Unfinished perched hummingbird framed with cypress vine. Pencil and black pen.

I haven’t finished with my hummingbird inspiration….and I haven’t finished all that I have created so far. In fact I still am uncertain what exactly I will do with the different studies featured in this post. I know I will certainly revisit them as well as the inspiration of this post..

Not least because there is always a hummingbird in my garden. They really do enjoy the red sugary drink we put out for them.

Break Out The Christmas Cheer!

Tis the season to break out the twinkly and gaudy decorations. And for kids to write letters that start with,

Dear Santa, in metallic red paint effect.

All in the hopes that they get beautiful, neatly wrapped presents, in paper like this,

Merry Christmas in Check.


From Santa, in red metallic paint effect.

On Christmas Day.

Now that Halloween and Thanksgiving is behind us for another year, we can emerge ourselves in the Christmas spirit. I don’t know about you, but I prefer not to start with Christmas until the 1st of December. I don’t count the days or sleeps starting from August. I don’t break out the decorations ready for Thanksgiving. I just wait till December starts….well with the exception of some present buying. As having family across the pond negates a little premature preparation, in order to send it to them in time (I’m always too late for the post office deadline, one day i’ll make it).

But once December hits and the space has been cleared for one of these,

Squiggly Christmas Tree.

then its time to get,

Ready For Santa, in red paint effect.

We break out the numerous boxes hidden last January in the hunt for lots of these,

A Christmas Bauble In Blue.

A Christmas Bauble In Green.

And we may even get around to hanging one of these on the door this year,

Squiggly Christmas Wreath

And watch countless movies on tv. Featuring the big man in read with his eight,

Christmas Stag.


Or perhaps look out the window to beautiful wintery scenes and wildlife,

The Robin.

But most of all this month I shall be wishing eveyone. My family, friends, and all of you,

Merry Christmas, in red metallic paint effect.