This is one of the little 8×10″ watercolor studies that is getting scrapped.
For me, I guess it’s because it just doesn’t tell enough of a story. I couldn’t answer the questions why are they there and why does it matter?
I do LOVE chickadees and house wrens though. I love that I can look out on my lawn and not see them, but if I look just a little bit longer than usual, I realize they were there all along. They blend in so well it’s hard to believe they are scattered throughout the yard! For this reason, it sort of makes them difficult to paint. If an animal camouflages itself in the real world how do you make it stand out in your fantasy world?
Here were two ideas for cropping to make a stronger composition:
But alas, in the end, it was not enough to make it to the next round. I will sneak the birds into a future study, but this scenario is a -no.
Candle extinguished. Voted off the island. Do not pass go and do not collect $200 dollars.