Seven pheasants ran across my yard last week — six females and one male. This lovely girl stopped long enough for me to to take a few reference photos.
Several friends suggested I try to paint her. The photo wasn’t great so I had to embellish in some places with shadow and highlights. I chose a fairly limited palette, mostly burnt sienna, and kept the composition simple by eliminating several branches. I let the ones that are there give the suggestion of more. I’m not sure that’s what we mean by “less is more” but I’ll take it!