Here's the start of my latest painting - a male red-legged honeycreeper. This piece will measure 12 x 6. These small birds are members of the tanager family. Males are a brilliant violet-blue with turquoise crowns and the females are green. I'm using reference from my incredible trip last year to Trinidad. The Society of Animal Artists awarded me with the Don Eckelberry Scholarship Award allowing me to travel to the Asa Wright Nature Center to observe first-hand the many beautiful birds found there. It was truly a bird lover's paradise! I'm so thankful to the SAA for awarding me with this wonderful experience. I hope to return again someday. I feel somewhat guilty that I am just now getting the chance to finally do some paintings inspired from that trip, but other painting commitments just kept me from starting. Better late than never I guess. I'm experimenting with loose brushwork in the background leaves while keeping the bird in tight detail. Please let me know what you think in the comments.