This did not take long to paint but it took a longer time staring at the photos and getting my head into Asian minimalist art. For one thing I had to give up on perfectionism -- and then I started getting the swooping strokes that were perfect, described the curve of their little bodies just right. It's a strange mental state when I do brush pen painting seriously.
After I did it, I thought about it for a while, went through my references book and found another small brown bird that I thought would come out well in the same style. I'm half tempted to do some ACEOs in this style too, on the off chance someone might like them.