Here is what I worked on through the end of May and early June. I finally really sanded down Darwin's finches sending buttons and beads flying from under the undulating power sander. It was sort of gleeful. I laid down a good medium toned gesso and am developing good contrast in this piece right from the start. The starlings were chosen for their notorious ubiquity returning to an idea that I like found in Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - the darker side of fecundity.