evartpat, FaeLynn, maryinasia, artask and Sarah: Thank you so much for your encouraging comments!!
Well, I did not finish a painting last week as I thought I would. I will post here now the bullfinch I painted over and will start on again, and the nearly finished long tail tit.
The bird itself was coming along just fine I think, but then I decided that the background left like this did not work as I wanted, and I had gotten smudge marks on it, and the book pages were not as even as I would have wanted. So, I erased the bird and twigs, and gave it a layer of modeling paste. Now I will give it a few washes of acrylics before I start on the bird again.
The long tail tit:
There is some tweaking left to do, the feathers needs a final layer, and I think that I have to broaden the twig it is sitting on, and then paint the claws. The background here is a collage of book pages and song texts.
C&C are more than welcome, it is a work in progress now!