Willow and Little Blue Heron – Progression
Willow and Little Blue Heron

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I painted the bird first because I’m insecure about painting birds. I figured that if I messed up the bird I wouldn’t have invested a lot of time on the rest of the painting. As it turned out I was reasonably satisfied with the bird, so I continued the background, from top to bottom. I started at the top so that I could place my fingers on the panel to steady my hand without getting them in the wet paint.

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