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Bird Paintings And Art-Painting And Art Designs And Ideas

Updated on February 13, 2012


When it comes to paintings and drawings, every artist comes to a point and time when they need inspiration. Bird paintings are popular in the art world and they offer a glance at some of the most beautiful birds known to man. In this article, you will be able to learn about some of the most common birds found in the Americas and hopefully you will be able to gain some inspiration on your next drawing or painting.

The American Goldfinch is a small bird that is native to North America. The goldfinch is also called the Wild Canary and the Eastern Goldfinch. The goldfinch is a bird that constantly migrates back and forth between Mexico and Canada. The goldfinch is actually known as a residential bird. They love to hang around bird feeders so they are a common bird found in the neighborhood. Their vibrant colors make them very easy to distinguish among other birds in America.

The American Goldfinch makes for a beautiful painting or drawing. The goldfinch ranges in colors, from bright canary yellow to a light tan color. They also have shades of white and black on their feathers. As far as inspiration for your painting, since they are commonly seen near bird feeders, you may want to paint your goldfinch with a bird feeder. Trees and flowers are a common choice in bird paintings as well. You may want to insert some trees and flowers that are native to America in your painting.

The hummingbird is quite the unique bird and commonly seen in America. Hummingbirds are able to flap their wings up to 70 times a second. They are among the smallest birds in the world. They are the only birds that are able to fly backwards. Hummingbirds come in a variety of different species. Hummingbirds are always on the go, looking for food and burning energy at a high rate. Their heart can actually beat over 1,200 times in a single minute. Because they use so much energy up, they are literally always hours away from death.

Hummingbirds make a great choice when it comes to paintings and drawings. Since there are a large variety of different species, the hummingbird can be portrayed in a vast variety of different colors. They are perfect for painting and drawing. You can be creative with your colors when it comes to the hummingbird. Just as the goldfinch, hummingbirds love bird feeders because it is an easy meal. They are very likely to stay around if there is a reliable food source.



The beautiful Northern Cardinal is one of the most common North American birds found in the United States. They can be found all over North America and in parts of South America. Male cardinals have the bright red feathers and the female cardinal has dull red feathers. The males use their bright red colors for mating purposes. The cardinal can be seen at all times during the year.

The bright red colors of the Northern Cardinal make for a great painting or drawing. Most cardinal paintings portray the cardinal on tree limbs or wooden fences during the winter. The bright red colors really stand out when you have snow in the background. If you wanted to add a little color in your painting, you may want to add a few pine trees. Of course, it is your painting and you can do what you want. These are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling.

The Baltimore Oriole is a great choice to paint or draw as well. The Baltimore Oriole can be found in Northern America and in the Northeast. It can also be found in Mexico, Central America, and in Northwest South America. As you may already know, the Baltimore Oriole is the state bird of Maryland. For those that don't know, Baltimore is a city in Maryland. The Baltimore Oriole received its name because the colors that were used in the coat-of-arms of Lord Baltimore.

As a painting, the Baltimore Oriole is a perfect subject. The Baltimore Oriole has different color shades of orange, black, white, and gray. Since the Baltimore Oriole is a migrant bird, you can find paintings of them in all four seasons. Personally, I believe they look great in summer and winter backgrounds. The colors of fall are nearly the same colors as the Baltimore Oriole, so they don't look quite right. If you can add enough greenery and have the fall colors as a background, it can be pulled off.


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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Max, thanks again pal. And again, again X1,000:) I didn't know you painted:) I do myself, just not that good:) Would love to see some of them Max.

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      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Awe, how beautiful and interesting! It's such a fascinating hub, the pictures are breathtaking, a lot to learn. Why is it I'm not into such beautiful birdies like these? (just painted a huge crow LOL) That must be blues. Definitely.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      *Alocsin, thanks for taking the time to view this article. Parrots make for a great painting. All their different colors make for a beautiful painting.

      *Kash, always great to hear from you. Thank you so much. Glad you liked it:)

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend,this is a very beautifully written hub highlight by very awesome and beautiful bird pictures.

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      A nice adjunct to your usual tattoo hubs. Voting this Up and Beautiful. My favorites are the colorful parrots.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      MM, thanks for taking the time to view this article. They are beautiful birds. I really don't see them a lot around here, but I got a great glance at one a few months ago. I am glad you enjoyed it. Take care.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ricky, the goldfinch paintings are my favourite, we have a goldfinch in the UK, it's one of our prettiest birds.

      Thank you for a fabulous hub, I love bird paintings and voted up.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      *Dexter, always great to have you come by. Glad you enjoyed them and thanks for your time.

      *Joyce, always a pleasure to hear from you. I appreciate your kind words. Take care.

      *AEvans, I thank you for your time and great to hear from you. Some of the stats on the hummingbird are incredible. Puts another meaning on the word "busy". Have a great one and thanks.

      *AE, always good to have you come by and a big "THANKS" for every visit. It blew my mine when I first learned that they were always so close to death. I never thought a little bird like that could use so much energy. Appreciated more for sure. Take care.

      *Donna, appreciate you taking the time to come by so I give you my thanks. I am going to get some feeders. I have a high level or respect for those little guys. Bird feeders really help them out. Take care and see you soon.

      *Rsusan, thank you so much for taking the time to come by and thank you for your kind words. I am so glad you enjoyed them. I hope they are meaningful to artist and all the bird lovers. Best wishes.

      *Frank, it is always a pleasure. I can't lie, I was sweating it out when I wrote it. My mind was racing. Tattoo analogy or not?lol What can I say? See you soon.

      *Hyp, glad to hear from you and thanks for dropping by. Sounds like a beauty Hyp. Perhaps you should check on how much it would cost to paint him. Perhaps you can try it yourself. They are very beautiful birds and it would make for a great painting.

      *Sever3d, thank you for taking the time to come by and view this article. I am pleased that you liked them. They really do look great on the wall and they do give off that relaxing mood in the house. They go great with greenery.

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      7 years ago from London

      They are really good. Wish to have couple of them on my walls :) very chilling .

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is beautiful. You know I would perk up when I read the word bird. The paintings are gorgeous. I have always wished I could paint. My Hyphen is a cockatiel, all white with yellow feathers on top of his head that stick up, and orange cheek spots. It would be nice to have a lovely painting of him. I so enjoyed this Hub today!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      thelyricwriter this was just entertaining you see no tattoos and you still pulled it off :)

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      LW - this is awesome and so beautiful! I love birds of all kinds and the artwork displayed here is stunning! Watching birds in the woods, fields, lochs, rivers or even just in the back garden is so entertaining, I just love their antics - even when they have a wee fight at times!

      I would love to be able to draw/paint but have no talent for this. But at least I've been able to do some cross-stitch work in the past featuring birds and this was one of my most favourite projects.

      A beautiful hub voted up + awesome!

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      Rika Susan 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      This is an absolute delight, thelyricwriter! Especially for bird lovers. Wonderful paintings and entertaining descriptions. Just had to vote it up and awesome!

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      Donna Cosmato 

      7 years ago from USA

      Excellent and highly visual hub, Ricky! Thanks for including those precious hummingbirds. We have three that return to us every year and we love watching their antics and aerobatics. We're also blessed with a bevy of other varieties of birds that frequent our "cafe." I really enjoyed this and learned some new facts about our feathered friends. Voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love birds. Hummingbirds are my favorite. I feed them all summer and hate to see them leave, but i know they must. I also loved the picture of the birds and apples. Thank you for the history of the birds. It makes me sad about the Hummingbirds. I will appreciate them even more..Thank you again...

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      7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Hummingbirds are my favorite little birds. The are precious and beautiful. I did not know they burned up so much energy they were only hours from death. Next time I see one, I will be able to appreciate those precious little birds even more. Thumbs up! :)

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I think you've out-done yourself here. The paintings are so beautiful and your discriptions are very informative.

      Vote up, awesome and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Beautiful! Simply beautiful!


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