I did continue painting the background pieces I needed for the quilt. The first cut at the pond water is too blue and too light.
With many more layers and the addition of black and brown paint I think I am pretty happy with it although it shows more blue in the picture than in real life. I will be added a little chartreuse green for algae before it is quilted. I also painted the cattails and separated the log into bark and bare wood pieces. The black spot in the log will disappear when I get to the construction phase.
The bird is only a sketch at this time - I was trying to get the size and placement. I think it will be a Snowy Egret like the one who visited us this afternoon.
I thought about using a Little Blue Heron which starts out white and during its first year changes to a blue/grey color, but think I need the focal point of an all white bird.
Last week we also had this guy in the tree. Pretty awesome. I think another quilt will be required.