Initially, I was not happy with this but became quite fond of it after it dried. The breast of the finch in the reference photo* was much lighter and mostly white. And while the bird was still wet, it really looked just too dark. I thought I messed it up.
When it dried, however, the colors lightened up (as watercolor does). The addition of few strokes of a white gel pen (plus some splashes of blue paint for good measure) helped the contrast and made for quite a striking composition. I think I like it.
Watercolor over pen & ink 7x10 on 140 lbs paper
Same picture in pen and ink before the watercolors were applied.
*Photo reference: Birds & Blooms March 2018 (pg 28; Joe Stambaugh)