I think these guys will need a border. There is an idea cooking away in the far reaches of my brain of something that plays with the way feathers can also be pens, echoing the quill pen that Louis Nicolas would have used in the original drawing. Feathers, or stylized plumes were also a typical motif in Jacobean era crewelwork.
And, by the by, I have noticed that some time ago I made my 500th blog posting. I suppose one should celebrate. I have been doing this for awhile, but reminiscing makes me all too aware of how much has changed in my life since I began this back in 2006. I'm almost a completely different person! Maybe that is something to celebrate.