I went ahead and decided to add a bulrush in the foreground. It is in a spot that I thought wouldn't be distracting and it seems to work by adding a bit more depth to the painting. As mentioned in earlier posts, the white was challenging to paint because it is actually never pure white. I seemed to mix every shade of the rainbow in with white to create the bird's plumage. The overall size of the painting is 12"x8" and for more information you can follow this link: Great Egret.