This little dove was a decoration I had on the Christmas tree that I never put away... I thought I might add it to a still life sometime. So, it's been sitting around, along with many other things that have been collecting on my table. I had pushed a bunch of stuff aside to make room to set something up. After lots of messing around with possible subjects, I noticed the dove, pomegranate, leaves and cloth had gotten pushed together off to the side, and it looked better than anything I had been trying to put together! I tried some different background colors and decided on the green.
I first made this little value sketch on toned paper using a dark pencil and white conte stick.