The weather has been so hot and sticky for the past week or so, I thought it would be refreshing to work on something with a "cool" feel. One evening this past February, I watched several mourning doves flying up to roost in a large leafless red oak. As they fluffed and ruffled their feathers for better insulation, I couldn't help but think how cold the following night was going to be.
I made a calculated decision to use a limited palette of cool colors and selected one lonely dove to paint. I dragged a bit of the background colors over some of the limbs to push them back into the scene.