Another 4 hours so far today working on the back leg and a few more feathers. Again using all values in both the warm and cool grays, dark sepia and a few miscellaneous reddish browns. For the blue in the feathers I wanted to display more blue than the heron actually shows, after all it is a blue heron, so I under painted the bluest areas of the feathers with Prisma Sky Blue Light and then my warm and cool grays over top and then a little more of the blue. I will probably adjust the saturation a little more once all the feathers are complete. I also shot today’s piece in raw file which I’ve never done before to achieve the most data and truer colours although the colours do look a little paler than the actual piece and the blue hardly shows up here. Shooting in raw format is totally new for me so I’ll have to read up on it a lot more. Aside from finishing the grass and the rest of the bird I’d love to hear your thoughts on whether I should add a background or not. I’m leaning towards water but that’s another lot of hours.