Here's another attempt to enter an upcoming "Luck of the Irish" exhibit here in Georgia, USA. The lapwing is the national bird of Ireland, and I need some help to finish this one off.
I will make the head a bit larger and add the "plume" as a final step, but before that, I'm looking for how to put this coastal bird in a better context. I thought about some taller reeds behind the bird's back, off to the left in the distance, some rocks protruding from the water..... I can't get a "next step" into my vision. Thanks for your suggestions!
Roughly 8x10 on Arches 140CP. Here is a photo I leaned on as a reference for coloring:
I'm grateful for your wisdom and thoughts.