At least I think this is finished. As usual I'll keep him on the easel for a couple of days until I'm happy that no touchups are needed. Due to travelling and other happenings t's been a couple of weeks since I painted and it took me a little while to get back in the groove. I like the end result though - not too cute but with a certain perkiness. He's up for sale in the usual place.
A few intermediates. Unusually this one was done over two days. Not sure if that helps.
This was the status at the end of yesterday. I usually don't put in the eyes so early on birds but I was having a little trouble with values so put them in so I could judge the rest of the plumage. Happy so far.
Quite a bit further on here. The feet have gone in - always a bit tense here but they turned out fine. The branch is in and I tightened up the feathers around the face.
The final thing. I beefed up the wing feathers to give him a little more zing and added a little interest into the background. Job done.