Good Luck in New York, Jess!
On this pair of paintings, I realized that sometimes it's hard not to make the birds look angry. It's because they have a brow above their eye and on a person it would indicate fierceness. Their bills are so rigid, and doesn't make the shape of a smile. I've had this problem with hawks, too. Chickens are another bird that sometimes looks angry in pictures, but sometimes I think they really are angry! I want to make the painting as realistic as possible, but the aesthetics of the painting are important, too. Would you want to hang a picture of an angry bird in your house? I would love to hear if you've had this problem and what you do about it.