I am not the most confident of sketch artists, in fact it is quite a challenge for me, the whole proportion and expressions thing and such. I am slowly getting better at it, but it is a steep learning curve. So when I finally produce something I am actually pleased with, I am reluctant to "mess it up". This is my way of giving myself the freedom to play. Here is a collaged and painted 12" x 12" canvas. I have used some of the background papers I created in my post yesterday. I am not quite done with it as a background, but I am close. The bird house is pretty self explanatory, and you can see, I have re-sized and cut out one of my birds from the bird page I posted about two days ago. He was a bit pale for this, so I tinted him in with a couple Inktense pencils. The girl is an enlarged and trimmed copy of my original sketch. I tried different sizes, and settled on this one. None of these elements are stuck down permanently yet, so I can move things around, audition and remove until I am pleased with the results. I will eventually start coloring in the girl, just not sure which way I want to go with that. I could use watercolors or pastels on her now, or I could glue her down with gel medium, seal her and then add acrylic paints, or maybe wait for that set of water-soluble oil pastels I just ordered.Once she is glued, I am stuck with her, so... This is how my thought process goes as I am working on a painting. I thought I would share a bit of the mystery with you, enjoy!