I have done quite a few bird paintings. Of those I’ve sold, one, in particular, has sold twice already. The paintings are of a cute little hummingbird hovering near a flower or flowers. The first two hummingbirds were orange and red.
This week, I decided to paint another of the same bird to see if I could sell him again. This time I decided to make him much more colorful. Instead of orange and red, I made him blue with tinges of purple and green with a ruby throat. Instead of small flowers, I painted one big flower: this one a pink hibiscus. And, instead of darkening the edges, while keeping the center background very light, to keep the viewer inside the painting, I added some grass on the left side of the bird and created a more colorful center background. The result is shown below.
I definitely like the idea for one big flower. I don’t know which color bird I prefer. It’s a wash. But I can’t decide whether I like the added grass as an eye stopper or prefer the dark upper left and lower left edges painted darkly. Any opinions out there? I think the next painting of this hummingbird will be dark edges without the grass. Will there be a next painting of this particular bird? Only if this one sells.