Traced the drawing onto the Arches 140# cold press paper. Then began with the background. I didn't know exactly what I was going to do - or how I wanted the background to look but wanted greens in cool and warm colors. Stopped at the water line/reflecting part and put in a touch of the pink that will be the reflection.
Then worked a bit more.
Unfortunately, at this stage, the painting is telling me, "You can't do this." I think we all get to that stage in a painting - someone once called it the teenage stage!
I know I want to soften those hard lines in the outspread wing (some, not all), and get a good straight line between the water above and the water below. We'll see where it goes...
Have a great week!