My studio has been invaded by a bunch of birds! Yesterday I began to establish values on the big birds, painting shadows and highlights. The birds are all in a state of very rough under painting, but are taking shape. I will continue to layer paint, no doubt start adding pointillism next until they begin to look life-like. Once I’m satisfied that the big picture has been achieved, I’ll finish them with detail. We’ve got quite a ways to go these birds and I, but I feel comfortable that I’m on the right track. I have rotator cuff surgery in a little over a week from now and won’t be able to work on them for awhile afterward, so now is the time to make progress. I’m enjoying this project.