Perhaps I should not have been surprised, but I received a mix of different opinions when I asked for art advice a little while ago. With comments split down the middle about whether I should put a background to the drawing, or leave it alone, I needed a tie breaker. I emailed the drawing to my mother, and let her word be law, naturally. She wanted a watercolour background and so I gave it a try. I have no experience with watercolour, but I did a simple blue wash in the background.
I like the way it turned out, but I ran into a couple of hurdles, the biggest of which was that the paper warped where the water touched it. Once I got that wrinkle ironed out*, I added a little ink to highlight the bird and make it stand out. I scanned it and so you can tell me whether I made a horrible mistake or not.
Thanks for all your help!