Here are the progress images for my cardinal painting. I took a photo every other day while I was working on it. Generally after settling on a strong design, I then start work on the line art. The line art has to be solid before I begin painting. If I am not confident with my drawing, the painting will be much more difficult. I always work background to foreground and light to dark. The subject (cardinal) is always the last thing to be painted. I build up the paint darker and darker as well as more and more saturated. This was a large painting (14" x 20") but it did not take me that long mostly because I only used transparent paint. If I ever have to use opaques, this sometimes makes the progress a lot longer.