For today’s world watercolour month post I decided to follow the trend of late, many blogger friends have painted the most beautiful hummingbirds, for the monthly celebrated draw a bird day, hosted by Laura at create art every day. Now as I missed the day, I decided to step outside the box whilst still following the trend. I have been privaledged to have seen one of these a few years back, on this brief encounter I was so struck by its beauty, and rarity ( you see we don’t get hummingbirds in the uk) that I chased it down the road, assuming someone had lost a prized bird from their collection . Although I have never known anyone to own such a wonderful bird as a pet, what other explanation could there be? Well it disappeared from site, so I went back to my gardening, rushed to tidy away, and get on the Internet, to see firstly if anyone could be missing their bird, or to find that hummingbirds had made it to the uk?? A highly unlikely scenario. Well none of the above situations were found to be true, but what I found was that my sighting was of one of natures imposters, the hummingbird hawk moth, it was amazing, it made my day, and I have never seen one since.
I stepped outside the box twice with this one, as I decided to use my brusho…..um we’ll sort of, you see, although I have a set of brusho ( if you have not heard of or tried it, it is a powder sort of watercolour, in little shaker pots, you can sprinkle and spritz with water, and watch the amazing colours develop or mix with water first and paint as normal). If you have never used brusho before, this is your chance to try something so damn similar, and easy to obtain, you may even have some in the cupboard . I used dylon, clothes dye. It works the same as my brusho, yippee, for once an experiment works.
So this post is all about imposters, just a moth and clothes dye ( oh and a little watercolour as I did not have a very dark shade, or a white in dylon).