Sad Empty Pouch

Sad Empty Pouch is finished. Half way through I realised that the pelican looked a little sad to me; hence the name.

The feathers were the most difficult part. I wanted to do them very carefully and I started and re-started several times. I usually try to get a mental 3D image of how the body or feathers are, so when I paint I don’t need to follow a photo exactly. I can then paint using a mental image and add or alter the body features. The result is, the painting represents an object or body even though it might be a little different than the original photo, and it goes faster. Couldn’t do that in this case. I had to go back to the photo and paint exactly (or very close to) what I saw. Tedious.