This is the final stretch. With just a few tweaks (mostly bottom right, upper left) this painting will be ready for a professional photo session. Then I will figure out the exact dimensions, order a very large stretcher and get it down off my wall.
Right now, the working title is The Procession of Hope and Feathers.
As this one winds down, I am preparing a new painting. It's time for an easel-size piece. I have a 16" square primed panel, and this is the preliminary digital sketch.
When I was in Costa Rica, I took a photo from a boat of these hairy-looking hilly islands in the sea. On a hike, I saw a group of storks, and was quite taken with their surreal prehistoric heads - especially juxtaposed against their graceful black & white bodies and wings. Both of these images have been hanging around in my head for quite some time, just waiting to be the setting for a new painting. The girl in the foreground is actually a pastiche of different snapshots from my travels - she only really exists in my head.
I am looking forward to a project that I can complete in a reasonable period of time!