At this point unless you can study each stage carefully and compare, the changes I’m making are subtle and may not be obvious. I’ve added a lot of lighter colored grasses to the foreground, and began to darken the top third of the background in the left and right corners. I’ve also blended the grasses in the distance into a softer fade. I have done nothing to the birds for quite awhile. These changes took about 8 hours of painting. I don’t think I’ll work on the cranes until the very end, my next session will focus on finishing the top third of the background which still appears weak to me.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska wildlife painter