Learning from last night… A slightly more refined beginning. Too tired to continue tonight, but feel better about the Red Knot portrait. The head size and shape is improved, the wings more accurate. Proportions better. Must sleep now.
Lawrence’s Goldfinch, completed… I think. some people have commented on the dark outline around the bird, suggesting that it is unnecessary, or distracting. I suppose they have a point. I occasionally feel that I need to “firm up” the structure of the bird, and the way I do that is by being very specific with the edges. Enlarged, it probably looks really clunky, but reduced, as it might appear i a field guide I think I like the result. Still, after I have some time to think reflect, I might choose to soften this feature. Between this stage and the last, I have cooled the overall colors and blended the strokes.