This painting was a study in looseness. The idea was to do this quickly and to not go over knife strokes too much. I achieved this on the bird itself, but it was a little tougher trying to get an atmospheric background. My plan is to keep practicing this and paint a lot of chickadees this winter.
I always premix my colors with a limited palette and was really happy with those. You would think a chickadee was just black and white--not so!
8x8 Oil Palette Knife Painting