We have had a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers at our feeder all winter. For this work, a heavy coat of modeling paste was brushed on a 9 X 12 canvas. A light wash of Burnt Sienna followed by a light scraping with a pallet knife produced a nice background. The painting was completed with a # 14, round brush.
(Hairy Woodpecker, Picoides villosus L)
Acrylic on panel, 9 X 12, 2014.