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Searching for good squeeze bottles for the paint, we found botttles that came with free drinks!

Searching for good squeeze bottles for the paint, we found botttles that came with free drinks!

(Ecuador)

The last few days were busy ones as Barb and I worked on several projects.  Barbara is a spark plug of energy, and I dubbed her Hummingbird years ago!  She zips back and forth, requires many little feedings, recharges her batteries and continues to flit from task to task!    Although she might crash late at night, she’s cheerfully awake at dawn and resumes her high-energy embrace of each day!

Guess what we've been painting?

Guess what we’ve been painting?

While working on the bodega floor, I suggested that we halt work and switch to a painting for her home in the Republic of Panama.   No subject could trump the hummingbird theme, so after looking at many images, we combined several to create a hybrid hummingbird!

Look!  There's a huge hummingbird checking out the Playamart treasures!

Look! There’s a huge hummingbird checking out the Playamart treasures!

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Main image was painted first.

The main image was painted first; we then photographed it and switched to the computer.

A quick 'mola' design was added to image via computer graphics.

A quick ‘mola’ design was added to the jpg image via computer graphics.

After two long painting sessions, the colors were added to the canvas.

We added dark green and light green colors to the canvas.

Lisa took a late-night 'back break' from back-breaking work!  (Photo by Barb Seibel)

Taking a ‘back break’ from back-breaking work! (Even the camera was tired!)

Details, details, details!

Details, details, details!

Barbara brushes white over white!

Barbara brushes white over white!

Barbara and Lisa critique hummingbird

Barbara and Lisa critique hummingbird (Photo by Xavier Cevallos)

I always forget how much taller I am than Barb until someone takes our photo!  (Thanks, Xavier, for the photo!)

We only created one modest little bench with the supply of driftwood, but we think that the hummingbird painting trumps the driftwood.   What do you think?

Tah-Dah!  "A Hummingbird for a Hummingbird"

Tah-Dah! “A Hummingbird for a Hummingbird”

Here’s a postscript video that might make you smile!

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