I was going to get by easy with just a wet in wet background until Rhonda asked the simple question in the previous post - "Are you going to add leaves?" The chickadee already had masking on it just waiting for the background (that is why is looks a little bit fuzzy in this picture). Knowing that it would look better with leaves but scared to draw them I guess I needed a little push. I went out and studied my pear tree which is just starting to put on some autumn color and gave it a try. Thanks Rhonda! It will be next weekend before I have time to finish the background but I certainly will be much happier with the finished painting.