Thought I'd put in all the beginning/intermediate steps, so folks can see how much I fail at the beginning of each of these. *laughs*
So... annieroo2 wanted impatiens and house finches, the little red and gray birds, on a plate. First the study of the leaves, the flowers, how they go together (or DON'T go together in these studies as I did them) and then an attempt at putting them together 'right'. *laughs*
First the studies.
By the last impatiens study, I think I was getting the hang of the five-petal structure with the two-lobe petals, the leaf placement was still a little iffy... as the baskets of them just seem to have the leaves sticking out everywhere... but they have to be connected. Then I did the birds, with one really, too detailed one, and lots of simpler ones, as if they were going to fit on a 9" plate, I should do it so they'll fit with the flowers.
And finally, when I got the bird in the upper right, I was like... oh, I like that... so... here's what I ended up with, the flowers and birds are still too far apart from each other, so I'd normally do another painting, but in this case, these are the models for the plate. Are they recognizable? *grins*
And I'm starting to work on mountains as well.