I painted this in Chelan. It was nice weather, but the wind condition was not ideal for hang gliding from the Butte. So, we were hanging out at the camp site in the morning. We saw some Steller's Jays around a big rock. I happend to have a printed photo of a Steller's Jay along with my painting gear, so I used it as a reference to paint the bird, then painted the landscape en plein air for the background.