The day I photographed this cardinal, I sat all afternoon in a refrigerator box in my backyard. I cut a hole for my 300 millimeter lens to go through, and waited for him to light on the branch. The cardinal was two firsts for me; my first painting of a bird, and my first use of an airbrush.
The displaying of this painting, along with two others in a local gift shop, resulted in two of the three being sold. Through this, I was also commissioned to paint two other pictures, the loon and the prothonotary warbler. So you see...it was all worth while!!!! Actually that afternoon was the beginning of my art career.