This painting really came to life after the multiple layers of material that I added to the panel. Playing with plasters, metallics, and some special mediums, it began to appear like a background you may see in a ballet, focusing on the atmosphere of impressionism. I decided then to work on two variations the high contrast of the subject in relationship to the background, making it appear to pop off the surface.
The willow I wanted it to have a slight breeze moving across the strands, so it reflected the delicacy of the background, as well as a sort of curtain for the Kingfisher.
The Kingfisher is diving into the painting that simulates water below, seeing more than we the viewer can through the abstraction!