Another day of painting and I’m still concentrating on the background around the cranes, whenever I think I’m ready to paint details on the birds I am distracted by the negative space around them. Above is a close up showing the many dots and colors in the foreground grasses.
I think the upper third of the canvas negative space looks stronger now. It is hard to see in this photo, but I’ve added many, many dots of hues, tints, and shades to the gradation of values and incorporated blue violet, purple and red violet to the original blues that previously dominated. The next step is to paint detail.
Gail Niebrugge, Wildlife paintings