After trying to round the birds more, “greening up” the cactus, and painting and fussing with the small branches I’m nearing the end of this painting. I see a few more things I need to do and I’ll make note of them here so I don’t forget. But I won’t get to them until I’m at the same stage with the civet and can put the two side-by-side to figure out the final touches. The final touches that I see now are:
Deeper shadow on the inside of the broken branch (?)
A bit deeper color on the small branches at the upper left (?)
A little darker on the left forward branch (?)
The thorn overlapping the left bird’s tail shouldn’t be overlapping as it is behind the tail.
I need to add a bit of green somewhere other than on the cactus and also somewhere in the civet part of the painting.