Started off by (trying) to get the background to a reasonable state of completion before I started working on the foreground. Viridian green features prominently in all the mixes, along with several different red paints. Knowing the flowers are going to be an eye-searing colors of fushia, I wanted the green tones in the background. Most of the texture you see here is the result of the sponge I used to move some of the paint around.
I tried to keep some pure colors in the background, but it was just too much. So I sponged off the background, leaving subtle greys behind. I also started filling in the local colors of the flowers and bird.
Mostly finished filling in the local colors. Really hated it at this point. Decided to add some more complimentary colors into the background and it really livened things up. Hating it much less.
Detail work on the bird, using a lot of the neutral quina's to keep it bright, and worked on one flower petal. Hating it even a little less.