Forgot I hadn't shared how the bird drawing was getting on. At the moment it isn't as I seem to be trying to do everything and end up getting nothing done. I have enjoyed working with pencil but get a little frustrated at how slow I am. I'm guessing like painting the more you do the quicker you find ways to get it done. Right now I have a 6x8 board sitting on the easel with a cat's name on it. I have painted a cat before but it was so long I can't remember how it looked...fingers crossed...smile!