Here is the BEFORE version which is actually the second time I altered the original bird. With that attempt you can see leaf stamping done in matte medium all around the 22x30 composition, and a darker green was added to the background. But the colors were too pastel hued for me and the painting just lacked something. It was too middle value really then with all the saved white just did not work.
I'm almost done with its final reincarnation so please stay tuned.