Getting closer to completion. I have since darkened the background but don't have the light to photograph it tonight so I am posting this stage. This painting is a challenge to break routine and work on a long narrow canvas. I had purchased two canvas but did not inspect them closely. When I pulled off the plastic wrap I found one canvas had been stretched on a chipped stretcher bar and it is sadly very noticeable, so that one needs exchanged. It also was to be a birds and blossoms painting.