I decided to name this piece "Gathering the Courage to Ask", but it was originally going to be, "I'll Think About It" and I went for the kinder option.
Most of my birds look very whimsical, like they are painted quickly, but you'd be surprised at how long I take to complete one. I try to consider each stroke of my brush but am less careful with the palette knife. One time I posted a video of a bird in progress on Instagram and I removed it within a day because it bothered me that it looked so rushed - it wasn't a true representation of how I paint. The video turned out that way because of the pressure to fit as much information as possible into that short, timed clip. So I was hurrying and won't post a video again unless I feel viewers would like to see three brushstrokes and a bristle-dip in some linseed oil!