Often when I’m paddling my canoe, I go around a bend and see the head of a blue heron sticking up. It notices me, then it takes off with it’s big wings and long legs. What a stunning view!
I did this entirely by palette knife. I would get paint on it, then scrape it on the canvas. This gives an interesting texture. I’ve used contrast, like the light head against the dark background to give drama to the picture.