I was sitting at a table with this unpainted bisqued porcelain bowl in front of me and turned to Richey (my ceramics prof) and asked, "What should I paint on this one?" And he said, "Steller's Jay!" Steller's Jay it is!
The Steller's Jay is a gorgeous dark-colored jay with a jaunty crest seen frequently in the Northwest where I live, particularly in places with mature trees. I experimented with a watercolor-like technique using the commercial engobes to give the bird a mossy branch to perch on. For sale on Etsy!
In progress shots:
PS: Bowls are the hardest to photograph.