Over the Holidays I was able to get at least some work done. I recarved the entire upper left section of the tree giving it a more graceful sweep upwards. Originally this area looked too square and ‘blocky’ to my eye. Also I got the remainder of the branch and leaves roughed in. As the tree extends all the branches naturally get much thinner and the leaves change direction subtly. I wanted the end of the branch to appear a bit lighter and less bulky than the main area of the tree.
I also got the baby chicks in their nest. Like my own children , one is chattering away calling for food or Mom and the other is quiet and sitting contentedly.
The adults have also been roughed into place. Here , Mom is looking back towards the nest with here babies and Dad is sitting on a branch all plumped up surveying his domain and keeping watch.
This family of birds housed in this tree sounds like my home at one time!
Here is the area that I recarved. It now sweeps more gracefully and isn’t as blocky looking to my eye.
Looking back across the arch of the branch where all the leaves have been roughed into place. About half way across this span is where the adult birds are sitting. The nest is very near the main trunk.
The end of the branch where the leaves and stems become lighter looking and change direction a bit.
The chicks sitting in their nest.
The adults with the Mother looking back towards the nest and the father looking out for them.