There are times you start out with a concept that you really love. One that you think will be a great idea. Most of the time they work out. Other times, you always have the right to change your mind. Or the image in this case.
As I work through my paintings, I never set something in my mind as an absolute. I like to see how things turn out, evaluate, and update. For example, in this case, I wanted to show this Amethyst Starling at first asleep. I created the piece, but the painting didn’t feel quite right, so I changed the bird to looking back at the viewer. It’s gold eyes were too hard to resist, so I put them in.
When the piece speaks to you, it’s OK to listen. Change can be good, so take a chance.