I promised to show you what's on my easel, so here goes. The piece on the left is one that was already deemed "finished"- an illustration for my yet to be written book, called, "Crow Creates the Night".
Crow Creates the Night (version 1)
Even though I thought it was finished, the crow's beak really bothered me because I felt it wasn't shaped like the one in "The Separation of Heron and Crow",
The Separation of Heron and Crow
Crow Creates the Night (version 2)
Changing it was very difficult, and at one point I was sure I had ruined it, but I'm much more satisfied with it now.
The piece in the middle of the easel is kind of a re-do of part of an older piece which just wasn't working. I don't have a 'before' photo of it to show you, but several things were erased and a few were added. Right now I'm putting a chaotic flock of birds in the sky, flying as birds do when they're startled out of a tree or something. The idea is to create a sense of unease here, giving the viewer a feeling that something ominous is about to happen. I can't tell how this one will turn out, or even if I'll like it.
The third piece is the next illustration for my non-existent book, entitled, "Heron Creates the Day." I hope you're able to see the outlines of the heron, which at this point is just a sketch on a piece of tracing paper. Hopefully, I will get to this one soon.