He hadn't acquired his full adult plumage yet. Adult barn swallows are blue-black on the back. This little guy still had a lot of browns and buff colors on his back. This made him more colorful than the black would have so I wanted to capture those intense orange and rust colors that seemed to really glow in the morning sunlight.
Because he was young he still had his baby frog-like mouth, round head, and chubby little body that made him quite cute.
6"x6" oil on Gessobord