Hummingbird Against a Red Sky – Tutorial

Artwork-Miya Arts Gouache & Van Gogh Interference Watercolor over watercolor on Hahnemühle Cézanne Cold Press. Brushes: Jack Richeson 713995 Watermedia Pocket Plein Air Brush Set Photo reference from Masy on Pixabay.

So how did I get from that to this?

I’m sorry I didn’t have my camera or scanner to take step by step photos. Simply, though – I took a piece of paper I had use to practice brush strokes and used it to test my gouache for opacity.

Gouache is more opaque than watercolor but colors differ in how opaque they are. I used a flat brush throughout.

These were my steps:

  • Using Gouache, I
    • Painted the entire background Medium Orange
    • Used the negative painting method, I added a coat of Ponceau (acid red) around the shape of the hummingbird and branch
    • Used Prussian Blue on the dark areas of the bird
    • Used Medium Orange and Ponceau on the throat and stomach
  • Using Interference Watercolor, I –
    • Added Interference Green to the lighter areas of the bird, blending it into the Prussian Blue
  • For the branch, I –
    • Used up the left over color, using the tip of the brush flat to add texture.


  1. My first thought was, that practice sheet turned into a stunning Humming bird. Looks great using the gouache, appears gouache is being the number one art supply. Gorgeous out come, did a beautiful art piece, looking forward to seeing it on Instagram.

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