haha..well the background was all traditional, and then completely composed in photoshop and worked on. so it is digital>mixed media, but since you specifically asked about the brush strokes for that i replied as traditional
Wow, this is a beautiful piece. I love the vivid blue and the bird looking somewhat like a piece of negative space, even though it's fully detailed and shaded. The dark beak and eye make a great tonal counterpoint to the plumage and bright colours elsewhere.