Bird Painting Progress

The cradleboard I'm painting measures 8" x 8" x 1".  The birds were all transferred from my sketchbook onto tracing paper, and then arranged like puzzle pieces within the composition.  Right now, I'm just putting down the first coats of paint, and the bare sketches are still visible in the right corner.  Above their heads, I plan on adding a curved branch with leaves and flowers.  The birds are stacked and appear flat without any shadows for now.  I like the flat space and crowded appearance, and I can imagine their overlapping chirps and fluttering wings.


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