After tossing several irreparable paintings that just didn't meet my personal standards, I finally used one of my "tried and true" subjects: a clam. Note: If you look at the previous ones, you'll note that I am still fussing with backgrounds. I think this is the prettiest yet....
I had the pleasure to recently attempt a pet portrait, no strings attached, from an e-mailed photo. The result, "Sadie," is shown. I am thrilled that her owners thought I had captured her likeness and I'm looking forward to more "attempts," including a portrait of my own puppy! Thank you for your vote of confidence!
I am obsessed with backgrounds lately (as some of you have already commented)! This time, I did something completely different--"encasing" a technically correct rainbow trout on (and in) ice cubes. It took a few hours to render the cubes; ultimately, I am quite pleased with the result and find the painting more interesting with this change.
"Where have you been lately?" several people have inquired. Honestly, I've been in my studio every day; however, I temporarily changed from arts to crafts and was designing a recipe scrapbook for a cousin--on his own and hungry for real food--in Arizona. Needless to say, it took much longer than expected due to the helpful nature of my new puppy. I'm finally "back in the saddle" though, and will be posting new images tomorrow. Thank you for your patience!