With news of a new show in the spring and another one pending, I decided I should try and crank out some smaller, affordable pieces. So, I started this 6x8 oil of a male downy woodpecker yesterday. I shot the reference outside my dining room window of this male downy feeding at one of the suet cages I have setup. He would grab some and quickly look around to make sure no predators were about. Wise, as there's several sharpshinned hawks that frequent the neighborhood. In my reference, he had suet all caked on his bill, but I used artistic license and cleaned his bill up!
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