I wish I had kept a step-by-step record of this painting. It began as three birds searching for seeds in the snow. At the end of the first session, the other two birds had to go: their presence made the painting seem trite, but taking them away left the remaining bird sitting almost in the middle of the painting. In fact, the right edge of the bird splits the composition in half--sorta.
Yet I liked how I'd done the bird, so I set out to find a way to make the composition work by guiding the viewer's eye by using accents of warm light within areas of cool.
For two days the bird's surroundings morphed. What began as a snow-covered field became woods in the background that went through many adjustments and deletes until finally there was nothing left to do and that's how you know when a painting is finished.
In this picture, I photoshopped a frame around it to help isolate the painting itself. This painting needs the frame to be complete. So what does that tell me? I'll answer that: it tells me there's still so much to learn...
Enjoy your Saturday.