This effort is a more gift-friendly living-room-accent type of painting than I normally do, and I am working from a photograph I took which is also rare for me. Copying something is so much easier than getting an image in my brain out onto the canvas. I am really liking the abstract quality this has now, which will morph away as I add detail. Sometimes I wish I would just stop at expressive forms of just a few colors. For example, I adore the simplicity of an Edvard Munch landscape-with-people composition (although I could never aspire to show such wondrous expressive movement as he). Will I stop adding detail in time to save this painting from being true to the original object but ordinary? Who knows.
I hope mom is not watching, because this is her xmas present.