One of the many helpful insights I've learned over the years is this simple concept: "Every painting is created one decision at a time." All you have to do to move forward is decide what one thing you want to do next.
I had an idea of where I wanted this painting to go when I began. I was interested in the ice and its impact on our wintering birds. While ice coated everything, I watched the bird community change. New species showed up that were not normally at my feeders, and bird behavior changed as some species aggressively guarded their food source. And right along with all this survival activity, the ice glistened on every limb, twig and blade of grass with an incredible hushed beauty.
What would you do next? How would you begin if you were just starting this study? There are many ways to approach a painting and no one way is right or wrong. Feel free to use my reference image or one of your own and give it a try!
Bluebirds and Ice
learning as you paint