Today’s bird is one of my favorites that I paint more than any other bird, the iiwi. I love the bright red-orange color of its feathers. I keep finding new color schemes I want to try with this vibrant red color. This time the tiny honeycreeper is nestled on a vivid blue-purple lobeliad plant in bloom, using its curved beak to feed on nectar within the flowers. Thanks to Kim and Forest Starr for a wonderful series of photos that served as inspiration.