Painting In Progress (Common Red-poll)

BirdsWIP1I’ve wanted to create this painting for a long time and decided I was finally ready to “give it a go” as they say.  I spent four days working out the sketch, using 10 different photos showing the finches in various positions on the bird feeder until I had the composition just right.  A large flock of these Common Red-polls showed up at my feeder one winter and cleaned it out in a matter of hours.  So intent were they on feeding, I was able to stand quite close by and take photos of all this cheerful chaos.  I’m very pleased with how the sketch has turned out and looking forward to beginning the painting phase.

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