I found this great little book of birds published in the 60s. I love the illustrations and also recognized some of the birds from my backyard. I used it for references .I drew these chickadees on rice paper, which I used clear wax to fuse it to my painting. The clear wax also turns the paper kind of invisible so the only thing that shows in the painting are just the pen lines that I drew.
Everyone knows I have a thing for owls. This is a burrowing owl. Although I still haven't seen one in person, I have watched some great footage on Youtube.
These birds all appear in my newest painting introduced in my last post- Incarnations.