Originally Posted by oivind egeland
I've always been a birdwatcher more than an artist, which I think is reflected in many of my paintings - I usually pay much more attention to the bird than the surroundings. These days I'm trying to put the bird in an environment more and more, and I find painting flowers, leaves, stones and water really difficult. But it's still fun, and as we all know, practice is the only way forward.
I think the incorporation of background is a stumbling block for so many artists, myself included. But you've done a wonderful job here. The bird is united with the background in a light-filled, peaceful environment as others have said.