i finally found some time when we had a day off from school. It was a much needed escape from the exhaustian that school has brought.
I laid down the background; then after a while, I came back to add the birds. I had developed a style of birds using multiple colors and a palette knife to create a loose and layered stroke, thick with impasto. They would be great for this image. When it came to the hand, I wanted it in the same style as the birds. I'm gonna admit, it wasn't easy, but I am pleased with the outcome.