Today I wanted to paint a bird and to paint something with a little more drama to it. So, this is the result. The bird is a crane, not native to the Pacific Northwest. Originally I just wanted to do a 6x6, but the crane was just too pretty, so it is an 8x8 oil on canvas. It might be fun to paint this crane on a long and narrow canvas.
I wanted the bird to glow and added the back lighting on the head and feathers. It was so much fun to paint!