I started using a light wash of pink that I thought I would overpaint with swashes of darker color to get highlights on head. Same as back of bird only I used a teal. I kept darkening the teal as the light wash didn't work. I couldn't manage to get the effect I wanted so I started using thin brushstrokes (feathers) in dark red and black. It seemed to work but it was not what I wanted. I also went back over the head with white thin strokes for highlights. Again, not what I had hoped to do.
Yes this was pretty interesting. But tedious. I wasn't sure I had the attention span but I kept going and completed the pix. As true as I tried to be with the interior lines, they are still wonky but look ok anyway.
I noticed leaf shadow and veining and where bugs had eaten lea leaf. I noticed flatness and roundness of the bird but did'nt capture it quite enough. I draw and paint a lot from photos and try to notice all details. I enjoy this game. How can we do that in nature? light shifts, things move away, plus...I'm too far away to see any details. Am I getting ahead of us?