I've been approaching painting one-hour-at-a-time lately. This is not my favorite way to paint. I much prefer to dive in and lose my sense of time, enjoying the painting as it unfolds and remaining in that trance-like state for hours.
About sandhill cranes and conservation: A New Plan for the Eastern Population of Sandhill Cranes and An Intimate View of Family Life.
Join the conservation effort. Visit the petition site and let USFWS know you want to see a New Management Plan for the Eastern Population of sandhill cranes.
More about the sandhill crane behavior seen in this image and painting: Are We Dancing Yet?
About painting--The Illusive Nature of Confidence and approaching "uncharted territory".