I’ve found that when I paint a piece with strong shadows, it helps to do a rough shadow map. I usually rough them out in pencil. Then in the spirit of competing with Tim, The Forester Artist, I thought a shadow map using his pens would be a good bet.
As I started to wrangle my week under control, I slipped out on a break to snap some shots of the pipevine swallowtails. I had company. Neither of us got what we were after. Here’s a start to Kinta stalking butterflies on newly blossomed Blue dicks.
A childhood friend has a birthday this week. It got me thinking about my favorite birthday as a kid. On my eighth birthday, my best friend, Cynthia, gave me a runt piglet. He required bottle-feeding much to my delight. Whenever I got the chance, I snuck him into bed and cuddled him all night. The only photo I have of him is from the back, so here’s a work in progress of Porky and me.
I know I’m a few days early, but Happy Birthday, Cynthia…I’ll never forget the precious gift you gave me all those years ago. Happily remembering pet bliss.
I couldn’t help it. Porky was so little, he really needed a nighttime snuggle.