Osprey, Oil on board, 16"x20" Rhododendron, Oil on Board, 8"x8"
I'm currently working on three pieces, the Blue Jay posting from yesterday and the above two. One advantage to working on pieces simultaneously is to allow time for drying. I really need to rest my hand upon the board for steadiness. This works much better if the oils are dry. Also my layers are fairly transparent and need complete dryness to apply the next layer. Two days ago I worked the left wing area of the Osprey. Yesterday I worked the right side of the rhododendron. The approach also helps with the tedium of working so tightly by switching subjects and the palette.
I began throwing peanuts out a few years ago to attract the crows. Eventually the Jays showed up and the crows disappeared. I scatter the unshelled peanuts in an area adjacent to the marsh and below our decks. As I walk to the area the Jays are waiting in the trees and begin to call "peanuts! peanuts!". They are a beautiful but aggressive bird. This view will not show the variety of blue in the back and tail feathers. But, I likes the pose and expression.