Two semi-finished but unsatisfactory paintings were completed by adding geese and ducks from photo references. The top painting started out as abstract, became an imaginary landscape, then water and geese were added for more vitality and excitement. The lower painting started out plein air at Sauvie Island in the fall when geese were migrating, filling the sky like small gray dots in loose formation. Adding the two large geese in the foreground completed the story. Besides, it was interesting to use real black and grays.