About 4 hours at the drawing board today. So, what have I been doing? Well, in addition to working new, as yet untouched areas, I've been going back over previously worked spots and adding more depth with deeper darks (HB, B, the occasional 2B) and sharpening up the contrasts between light areas and dark to help to move things forward and back. It seems that I am working the perimeter of the piece as opposed to moving across or top to bottom as I sometimes do. Well, I figured I would try and get all the hard work done first before moving into the easier areas (Are there really any easier areas in this one? Yep.). So, I will continue to concentrate on the outer areas and slowly work my way into the interior. I suppose the birds might wind up being the very last areas to be done and since they are to be the focus of the work, I'll save the best for last!