The mountain quail is finally finished! I had way too much fun making the moss on the branch he is perched on :) The background was a bit of a challenge. After coloring in the mountains and the sky, I layered white over the entire background.
So I decided to try to make a black marble painting using a black canvas I had laying around. I first painted on the arch using a very fine brush. Then I used a sea sponge to apply the different shades of grey. And then the real fun began: using a goose feather to apply the white and gold veins. Unfortunately the picture didn't capture the metallic quality of the gold paint that I used, but you can get the basic idea. When the paint was dry, I applied a satin varnish to give it that smooth "stone" quality. I would like to do a larger version with a little bit of ivy.
My white version with the roses sold this past weekend :) so now this one is hanging in its place at the art league's gallery.