My landscapes often have a bird somewhere in the image - not always conspicuous. I let the painting dry before adding the bird...and often I don't know which bird species I'll use or how many. Once the painting is dry, I sketch in (with a paintbrush)the bird shapes. If I don't like size or placement, I wipe them off and try again.
When this painting is dry, I plan to paint in a distant flock of flying white ibis moving diagonally from left to right - a few over the distant dark trees, one or two crossing over from the brown marsh to the distant trees and a few over the brown marsh. I"ll use the white line of birds to unite the marsh with the distant trees.
Untitled & Unfinished
20" x 20" oil on linen