Sunday, December 20, 2009

"Marc & Chico"




















12 X 12 oil on masonite NFS

Have you ever seen two more adorable faces?
This is my friend, Adriana's, younger brother Marc
and his dog, Chico. Marc is in High School now ...
all grown up and still gorgeous, just like his sister.


Poor little Chico was hit by a car a few years ago

so they lost their best friend. They now have little

Nino who I have had the pleasure of painting
several times.

Friday, December 18, 2009

"Lucky Ducky"




















6 x 6 oil on masonite SOLD

Well, what do you know? Duck McQuackers showed
up with good news!
His fortune cookie pronounced
him Lucky. We all
know that fortune cookie fortunes
always come true
so he will not stop quacking about it.
I asked him what he
expected; fortune? fame? "NO!
Much better than either of those", he quacked, *"Happiness.
Because Happiness
(quack, quack, ooooh, ooooh)
Happiness...Is A Warm...
yes it is....Tuuuuuuuuuuub."
*sung to George Harrison's "Happiness Is A Warm Gun".


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

" Vineyard II"
















16 X 12 oil on canvas SOLD

Saturday, November 28, 2009

"Golden Pears"



















6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD

Found the photo reference for this on
WetCanvas.
What an awesome
site! I really liked this composition
with the strong reflection
and geometric background.
All I had to do was keep
it loose. The darkest area
that reads black is actually a deep eggplant purple

that I chose to compliment the light yellow/green.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"Yellow Daisy"




















6 x 6 oil on masonite SOLD

Here's a new Daisy painting. I'm having so much fun with
these. The simple patterns allow for lots of interpretation
and experiment with color.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

"Orange Daisies"


















6X6 oil on masonite
SOLD

And now for something completely different...
This is my first floral painting in nearly a year of blogging.
I got a bit burned out on flowers from my Mural days, but
my friend, Don, brought me these gorgeous orange ones
and they were so beautiful I just had to paint them!
I think this one would be really pretty on a very large
canvas so that's in the works.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

"Commuters"



















6 x 6 oil on masonite SOLD

I was very intimidated by this month's DSFDF! My initial
reaction was to skip it, but thanks to Dana Cooper's
encouragement I decided to try it. I approached it like she
suggested; Puzzle Pieces. It was still difficult but went
much more smoothly than if I had not taken it a bit at
a time.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"Fresh Limes"

















12 X 12 oil on masonite SOLD

So many of your comments have used the word "fresh".
I like that so
decided to rename this "Fresh Limes".
Much better. Thanks!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Blue Tea Cup"



















6X6 oil on masonite
SOLD

Here's the 2nd in my series of teacup commissions.
Thank you, Becky!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

"Rooftops"





















Rooftops

6" x 6" (15.3cm x 15.3cm)
Oil on panel
$50 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
E-mail me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.


Here's this months assignment for Karin Jurick's
DSFDF. I put it off thinking "oh no, my astigmatism..."
but once I got going I enjoyed the abstract shapes.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Grapes"















16 x 12 oil on canvas SOLD

This is another painting for the Vineyard client.
The colors are so much better in person. The grapes
that look faded aren't. They are all quite vivid.
I took the
battery out of my camera to charge and
when I put
it back in it wasn't taking good pictures
anymore.
This has happened before. I need to
download new
"filmware" or something like that.

Anyway, I'm pleased with the way this turned out.
I took it from one of the photos provided by the client.
It is a really beautiful place and I'm looking forward to
doing more paintings in the weeks and months ahead.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Vineyard I"















16X12 oil on canvas
SOLD

A Vineyard is interested in buying my work! I'm very excited about working with them! This first painting was more of a "test" preliminary to see what style I wanted to use and if the owner liked the interpretation of their reference. They liked it so I'm off and running!

I just realized it's been nearly 2 weeks since I've posted anything
new. That's
terrible! My big excuse is that I have a horrible
case of Poison Ivy all over my
face and have been too ugly to get
out in public to buy supplies. Envision The
Elephant Man with his eyes
swollen shut. Went to get a couple of steroid shots
yesterday and a
child in the doc's office actually GAWKED and cried in a
tiny, horrified
voice "Mommy! What's
wrong with that lady's FACE?!!" Humiliating?
Quite. I told her in a nice,sweet voice "It's ok. I just haven't been

eating my vegetables." That'll teach her!Her Mom just smiled and
mouthed
"Thank you!".

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"Marbles"




















10 X 10 oil on masonite
SOLD

Where has the time gone? I haven't posted a painting in
nearly a week! But how great to come back and see I've
been awarded FOUR, yes, four new Kreative Blog Awards!
All are from Artists I admire greatly so I am very flattered.
Please check out their work to see for yourselves!
Dominique Eichi, Gary Keimig, Pat Koscienski
Edward Burton.
Just in...Got a new Award! This one is an Unseen Rajasthan
Award from Artist Megha Chhatbar!
THANK YOU All SO MUCH!!!


Monday, September 14, 2009

"Red Tea Cup"





















6 X 6 oil on masonite SOLD

This is the first of 3 cups I'm doing for a commission.
I've painted this one before and posted it as one of my
first paintings on the blog. I also posted a blue one I'll
be painting again. The last of the 3 will be a yellow one.

It's good to be able to look back at the other 2 and see
progress. I fell back to a tighter style here, but the actual
shape and values are, I feel, an improvement to the first tries.
I'm especially pleased with the metallic areas.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

"Tea & Quackers"




















Tea & Quackers

6" x 6" (15.3cm x 15.3cm)
Oil on panel
$50 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
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Meet my new Muse, Mr. Duck McQuakers. He's been staring at
me
for a while now and begging to be painted. I have a series
of paintings in mind that will feature him. He looks
like a Duck,
sounds like a Duck(doesn't walk like a Duck because he doesn't
have any feet)...but he's not a Duck. He's a HAM!

Friday, September 11, 2009

"Corinna"



















8 x 8 oil on canvas

How about this cute little hiker? She belongs to Justin Devico.
This is a detail from a larger view which is taken from a
gorgeous mountain scene reference that Justin provided.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"Cupcake"


















Cupcake

6" x 6" (15.3cm x 15.3cm)
Oil on panel
$50 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
E-mail me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.


My submission for Karin Jurick's DSFDF. I didn't
participate last time. But this subject is near and dear
to my heart. I love cupcakes almost as much as
Watermelon. My inner 4 year old wants cupcakes for
every meal. I do my best to control her but must admit
she wins way too often! SNARF!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"Broken Egg"


















6x6 oil on masonite SOLD

I just realized that I've been posting on this blog for

nearly a year and haven't painted the blog Still Life
standby:
The Broken Egg. The shell on this was one of the
darkest
I've seen on a brown shelled egg. One other subject
I haven't
done is a Landscape. Probably because I did so
many when I
was painting Murals. They lost their appeal.
Love seeing
other painter's Landscape work, but I'm not
quite over it yet.

Monday, August 10, 2009

"Bono"

















6 X 6 oil on masonite SOLD

Don't let his cuteness fool you. This is a dog with an
ATTITUDE! He belongs to my best friend, Clara. She
rescued the little criminal from Death Row a few years
back when he was
an unrepentant escape artist. His previous
owners gave up
on him as "a bad dog" and put him in a shelter
where he was
ultimately given a reprieve by the perfect person
to recognize and appreciate
him for his unyielding curiosity and
free spirit. He now lives the Life of Riley
in her beautiful home
with a Dog Heaven back yard and all the squirrels he can chase.
No more
escape attempts from this ex-con. He's whip-smart
and knows how to appreciate a good
thing when he's got it!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"Nino II"



















6 X 6 oil on masonite nfs

Adriana and Nino came over the other day and between
the two of us we were able to get some really cute shots
of him. He's all
grown up now but still has that cute look
of a puppy.
Loved this one with his ears back in sweet
submission.
However, he definitely has Little Man Syndrome
and I'm
wondering if that paw on top of her hand isn't one
of his
dominate maneuvers despite the ears.

I really need a new camera. This has nice thick paint
strokes, particularly on the background and Nino's chest
fur and none of
them showed up in the photos. This was
the clearest
one of the bunch.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"Tweedles"




















6 x 6 oil on masonite SOLD

Update on Tweedles: She just sold to her owners!
I'm so pleased to know this precious little girl's
Portrait
will be hanging in her own home.


Here's Tweedles! I guess Tweedles is a girl, hence
the bright pink sweater. Or else he's very
confident. She's dog #3 and the final one of

James Parker's "WindowTo The Word Art"
assignments that I'm going
to submit.

What is it about Pugs? They are so ugly, but so darn
cute at the same time. Those enormous Locust Eyes, the
Squatty Body, the Little Napoleon Attitude...they must be
great dogs because a lot of people have them in multiple.
Or as fellow Artist, Kelley McDonald, calls it "MPS" (Multiple Pug
Syndrome). Everyone I see walking them has 2 if not 3 or 4.

Friday, July 17, 2009

"Man In Blue"



















6 X 6 oil on masonite SOLD

Here's this month's submission for
Karin Jurick's DSFDF.
This man has such a great face...makes me wonder
what he's thinking. I've been wanting to do an
African-American portrait because the skin tones are so
wonderfully warm and complex and this exercise has
whet that appetite even more. It was so nice to use deep
magentas, purples, blues, greens and all sorts of reds.

Aw...Rats! I saved the reference last week and painted
without rereading her post. Now I see it was supposed to be
all about the figure. Too late. Kinda hard to show the figure
in a head & shoulders view. As self-discipline (punishment) I
will do some excruciatingly hard figure drawing to make up
for it and hope Karin isn't rolling her eyes too much at my lack
of attention span! I seem to remember being the
spacey little
kid drawing a squirrel outside the window when the class was
supposed to be drawing flowers in a vase. Bad habits die hard!

Friday, July 10, 2009

"Nino" I



















6 X 6 oil on masonite nfs

This is little Nino, my friend Adriana's Chihuahua,
when
he was a puppy. Her favorite color is red so
this
first study is for her. I put "Nino I" because he's
so
darned cute that I know I'm going to be doing a
few
more of him at this age and a few of him at
the age he is now.

It's really hard for me not to give in and get a dog

in the face of something this cute but I have to
be good because the two Siamese Twins and
my other big cat would make the poor
little thing's
life miserable.

Need to get a better photo of this in good light.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

"Honeydew Slices"




















6 X 6 oil on masonite
SOLD

We finally have Honeydew back at the store!
It was what I originally wanted to do "Bowl
Full Of Cherries" in rather than the orange
Cantaloupe. I liked the idea of the green and red
theme but found out after the last painting that
I wasn't crazy about the
composition once it was done.
So we have slices
rather than a scooped out half.

SOS! Advice from Art Teachers


Heeeeeelllllp!
My nephew-in-law, who I don't know very well,
is coming to Dallas
from S Carolina for a Summer Visit with
my sister/brother-in-law. She has
asked me to give him an
art lesson since he has some natural ability and interest.


I am more than happy to do it....but what do I do?
I'm a lousy teacher.
Not being modest here. I really am
completely lost. I know there are a lot of extremely talented
Art Teachers on this blog, so what
would you suggest for a
project? He wants to learn to paint. Any thoughts or

suggestions you give me will be greatly appreciated!


OH! And Shelia just asked me an important question: "How
old is he?" Left that part out...he's 11. ;)

THANKS Everyone!!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

"Bakshie"



















6 X 6 oil on masonite
SOLD

Dog #1 for James Parkers Windows To The
World Art challenge. 2 more to go? We'll see.

I chose Bakshie for the #1 dog because he has
that intelligent wolf/dog look to him. Very alert
with keen eyes. I also liked the
challenge of having
half of his face in shadow except
for that one bright
spot over his eye.
I've always been drawn to wolves
and wonder why
I've never painted them. Maybe this
will be the start of a beautiful relationship.

Friday, June 26, 2009

"Boating"



















6 X 6 oil on masonite SOLD

Yea! I finished
Karin Jurick's DSFDF assignment early for
a change! I found this one really fun. At first I thought
"Man...that's a lot of blue!" but once I got going it was
mesmerizing and went very quickly. Karin never ceases
to amaze me with her challenges. There's always a good
lesson in them. I made the
boat a bit greener just
because it was such an interesting
color. Another reason
it was so fun is because I have been doing so many Still
Lifes lately. It was nice to do a figure for a change.

Now, off to find a Maxfield Parrish reference

for Michelle Burnett's Following The Masters
challenge and James Parker's
Windows To The Words Art assignment.

Feels great to be painting every day again! I think this

is my 5th in a row.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"Lemon Basil"


















6 X 6 oil on masonite
SOLD

Been dying to try my new Radiant Turquoise
next to that bright Radiant Lemon and Radiant
Yellow! The reference photo was taken on my
cement lawn table so it was a bit challenging to
replace all the gray areas and do color correction
in the shadows since they appeared brownish.

I'm returning my neighbor's little custard dish to
her tomorrow so wanted to get one more painting
out of it. It's such a nice size for this small format.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"Four & Counting"



















8x8 oil on masonite
SOLD

This bunch of grapes was originally meant for
a more involved Still Life, but oops! They were just
too
good. I rarely see these dark, dark grapes in our
stores.
They look more like Black Olives than grapes,
but
they are so good and sweet.

Monday, June 15, 2009

"Summer Vegetables" one more time


















10 x 10 oil on masonite SOLD

This reference was provided by Karin Jurick.

Monday, June 1, 2009

"Breakfast"




















10 x 10 oil on masonite SOLD

It feels so great to be painting again after nearly
a month!
This is my new favorite breakfast combo.
I get on
"food kicks" so this will probably be on the
menu every
morning for quite awhile, especially with
the watermelon
(which I could eat my weight in)
in season and so delicious.

One of the unexpected benefits of my surgery is that I can
taste and smell again which has led to my
wanting to eat
healthy food again. Everything tastes
so great! I had truly
forgotten
what food tastes like. For the past 5-6 years I've
craved sugar like crazy
just because it was the only thing I
could really taste.
It was like living with a 6 year old. I forced
myself to
eat good things only because I knew I should. During
that time I would eat an entire chocolate cake
for my 3 meals
a day! It's an odd feeling to put oneself
on a diet for health
reasons rather than weight loss,
although now that I am "of a
certain age" I need to
watch it anyway.

The second, really miraculous, unexpected thing is that

I can sing again! I haven't been able to participate in that
activity for 6 years as well. I honestly thought my vocal chords
were damaged and that part of my life was over.
I guess
a side benefit of not having my voice for 6 years is
that I
learned to play Mandolin since singing isn't required
to
participate with that instrument. Still, it just wasn't the
same.
I began playing guitar/singing when I was 14 so
it felt like
one instrument. No fun without the voice. Plus,
playing and
singing with other musicians is the closest thing
to Heaven
that I can think of. It's like I'm 14 all over again...
relearning
songs, learning NEW songs, playing until my fingers
bleed.
I'm adding songs that I would have considered "guy only"

songs before like Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl". Hey...
she
could be my daughter (if I had one). There are other
"new
games" to play "behind the Stadium" than sex!
I'm lovin' my life....painting full time, playing/singing again,
eating health, feeling great. It just doesn't get any better than this!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

"It's Alive!"

Well, I pulled through the surgery great. No more fungus
among us.
Thank all of you so much for your well
wishes and prayers!
Don't have a new painting to post
yet and have one week to go before I'm released from the
doc, but I can't wait to jump in and start commenting on
the great work all of you have been doing these past few weeks!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Gone for a while

I am having sinus surgery on Monday and feel really lousy so
this will be my last post for at least a week or two. I'm sure I'll
still view every one's awesome work but doubt I'll be painting
or posting anything new until I recuperate.

When I first started blogging around the first of the year it was
mainly as a way to look back and track personal growth. I wasn't
prepared to meet so many encouraging...and immensly talented...
new friends. Now the blog has become a real and vital social
community for me
and I find myself eager to get online each day
to see what new
wonderful art you have to share and what
genuinely entertaining things y'all are saying to each other.


Not only has the community been great, it's been a wonderful
teaching tool. So many of you are years ahead of me in your
process. Examining your beautiful work, reading your posts and
receiving your encouraging feedback has been more helpful than
any art class I could
ever attend.

Thank you all so much! See you soon.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"Oh Taxi!"

















10 X 10 oil on masonite SOLD

Had a hard time deciding if I was going to participate

in this latest challenge from Karin Jurick on DSFDF.
Astigmatism is not my friend. But then that's what guide
lines are for, right? So why didn't I use them???? Who knows.
It was fun doing a City scene. So what if my buildings are a
bit rubbery? I'd like to do more and
find richer grays and
straighter lines along the way. There are already so many
good and creative submissions on her blog. It's so much
fun every month...seeing all the different interpretations.

Some
of Karin's street scenes are so rich with warm grays. Just
love the one she did of the Capital. I took her advice and checked
out all the other Urban Painters. It's so great that she takes to time
to put, not just direction and motivation, but the fun in the
assignments
.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Duh

Ok...I'm an idiot. I thought I was on someone else's page
and hit "follow". Now I'm following myself. Anyone know
how I can get rid of myself?????

Thursday, April 9, 2009

"Happy Eyes"



















6 X 6 oil on masonite SOLD

This is my submission for James Parker's Windows
To The Words ART
site. I want to develop a more
painterly style so I forced myself to stay fast and loose
on this one. The last portrait I did for WTTW lost a lot
of it's impact because I allowed myself to fall back into
the bad habit of focusing on the subject rather than shape
and values. As a result, it was way too tight, and then for
some unknown reason (laziness?) I completely gave
up when it came to her clothes. I feel like this one is much
more representative of the subject and "alive", flaws and all.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Tight Fit"

















6 x 6 oil on masonite SOLD

Well...another day, another painting! I hope I
stay
in this phase for a while. I haven't felt good
for the
past few days (sinus infection) but got the
painting done anyway so
it feels like something
was accomplished.
I set up a few compositions that
are a bit unconventional.
I wish I could say they were
more deliberate but there wasn't that much thought
put into them. I just
wanted to get some references
for the next few days in
case I don't feel like painting
from life. At least I can look at the actual objects for
true color.
Now that I'm looking at the composition I'm noticing it's
not as haphazard as I thought: a round subject within a
round subject, repeat circular and crescent shapes, a
Primary palette that emphasizes the simplicity of the
subjects.
Funny how the subconscious works.

Monday, April 6, 2009

"Green & Blue"




















6 X 6 oil on masonite SOLD

Well finally! I'm enjoying painting again. I think
the
problem was that I hadn't painted from life
in a long time.
I was in a Photo-rut. It was so much
fun to see the actual
object...the shadows pushing
the light, natures vibrant colors
in the sunlight, actual
dimension...
ahhhhhhh. I've ordered some Radiants
and can't wait for them to get here.
I couldn't make a
color as intense as I needed for the bowl. But
that's ok.
At least I loved painting it!

Friday, March 6, 2009

"Sushi"




















6 x 6 oil on masonite
SOLD

This weeks DSFDF assignment was a breeze compared to
the last one! Whew! Couldn't help imagining that one
of the Soy Sauce splatters looked like a little fishy escaping
his fate so I went with it. Perhaps this is a peek of my stunted
creativity as it's trying to push it's way back out after long years
of inactivity.
Karin seems to bring the creative juices out in all
of the participants. I always
look forward to seeing what she has
in store for us next!

Monday, March 2, 2009

"Green Frisbee"


















Green Frisbee
6" x 6" (15.3cm x 15.3cm)
Oil on Panel
$50 plus $5 shipping and handling in the US
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I caught this adorable little guy at the park playing Frisbee
with his Dad. It was nearly as big as he was and he was
so mesmerized by it that he kept forgetting to throw it.
He looks so pensive as if he's curious about what is making
it glow. I liked the way the light green was reflected in his face.
He was 10 times cuter than this in person.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"Bun In A Basket"




















6 x 6 oil on masonite SOLD

Fellow blogger Sally Baker graciously gave her
permission for me to paint
this reference photo of her
beautiful cat, Bun....in a basket. She sent several others
that I can't wait to paint.
Thanks again Sally!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"New Boots"


















New Boots
6" x 6" (15.3cm x 15.3cm)
Oil on Panel
$50 plus $5 shipping and handling in the US
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Doesn't this dog's new cut look like he's wearing Ugh Boots?
He was so proud of himself. His little friend only had the
tail poof and a big attitude.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

"Greyhound"



















6 x 6-ish, oil on masonite SOLD

In my opinion the Greyhound is the Super Model of dogs

with it's long lean shape. I know this is a little
different...the dark background... but
I'm enjoying
the way
her elegant lines pop around the negative space.
I might change my mind about that later, but right now
I'm simply admiring the perfection of Nature's form.



Monday, February 9, 2009

" Red Bartletts"




















6 X 6 oil on masonite
SOLD

These pears look like small eggplants but this
really is what they looked like and the actual
colors.
I made myself paint what I saw instead of
"how it should look".


Sunday, February 8, 2009

"Passing By"





















6 x 6, oil on masonite ~ framed
$125.

available through The Farmers & Merchants Gallery
fmgallerypilotpoint@gmail.com
1-940-686-2396

Saturday, February 7, 2009

"Corbin"


















8 X 8 oil on masonite nfs

This handsome young man is a former neighbor and a
born athlete. His cousin is Mark Texiera so I guess it's in
the genes. He was knocking balls into my backyard
when he was 2!

I need to go back in here and do some highlight work but I'm out
of Cerulean.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

"Salt"


















Salt

6" x 6" (15.3cm x 15.3cm)
Oil on Panel
$50 plus $5 shipping and handling in the US
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I'm doing a mural the rest of the week so I decided to go ahead and paint Mrs. Piggy and post her today. They've been together so long...it just didn't seem right to keep them apart any longer than necessary.


"Pepper"

















Pepper
6" x 6" (15.3cm x 15.3cm)
Oil on Panel
$50 plus $5 shipping and handling in the US
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I love this little piggy and his wife! If my house was on fire and I could only grab a few things I would have to include the vintage Salt & Pepper shakers that belonged to my beloved Grandma. I spent hours playing with them like dolls. They cooked, argued, threw salt and pepper at each other, kissed and made up just in time to
season our dinner every day.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

"Downward Facing Dog"




















Downward Facing Dog

8" x 8" (20.4cm x 20.4cm)
Oil on Panel
$60 plus $5 shipping and handling in the US
E-mail me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.



Friday, January 30, 2009

"Green Pears"




















6 x 6 oil on masonite SOLD

I tried using a red ground on this to pick up the
complimentary green of the pears. I'm pleased with
the results and may do a series of pears with different
grounds.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

"Happy Girl"




















8 X 8 oil on masonite SOLD

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

"Snow Day"


















6 x 6 oil on masonite SOLD

This is my backyard. Not really. I'm in Dallas. The

ground is covered in thick white sleet...the closest we've
come this year to "snow". The entire city shuts down when
it gets icy because no one knows how to drive on the slick
streets. I just heard on the news that even with most people
off of the roads there were still nearly 200 car wreaks today!
It's kind of nice being literally stuck inside. It put me in a
Winter Mood. I put on a pot of beans and settled in to paint.
I found this vacation photo and thought it was apropos.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"Koi"


















6 X 6 oil on masonite
SOLD

I just read on someone else's blog how hard Koi fish
were to paint and I thought....no they aren't. Man, was
I wrong! I kept having to tell myself "paint what you see,
paint what you see!"