I took photos of the birds I spotted in trees last winter. When the trees are bare, the birds are easier to spot.
I've been drawing birds based on photos since 2005, the year I had a very significant, surreal visit from a lark.
I painted the lids of these porcelain vessels with several layers of gesso then drew a bird on a branch as it appears in one of the photos. One vessel contains incense sticks and the other one is currently empty.