I had thought this was finished a few days ago but I had
spelled out every leaf and it seemed wrong. So I set it aside
and did the study I posted yesterday before tackling it again.
I love painting this tool because of its ruby-red throat . . . it
seems like it has a heartbeat. Is it sick to anthropomorphize
a tool? That's kind of what we're all trying to do as painters:
bring life to paint? Animate the inanimate? I had once
thought of painting as self-indulgent because it doesn't really
help anyone but then Daily Paintworks offered the Help Japan
challenge and raised quite a lot of money! "Splendor in the
Mess" did sell by the way and proceeds will go to the Japanese
Thanks so much to all of you who are so supportive and take
the time to comment and encourage!