One of the reasons I write a blog is to catalog my work and the thoughts involved in painting it. This way I record something about my frame of mind as well as the process of discovery and growth that I am experiencing on the journey. Of course I also do it to expose an audience to my work and hopefully create an interest for buyers and those who want to have a commission done. I read other artists blogs to get insight into how they work and because I am so amazed at how well so many people tell their story through color and brushwork. This little one gave me fits! I spent so much time on this painting which really looks straight forward an d simple. I tried painting it loose and I tried painting it detailed. So what did I learn? (that is what Jo MacKenzie always asks in her blog). Once again I am reminded that the tools you use make a big difference. The texture and quality of the panel, the consistency and color of the paint, and the brushes and other tools all have a big impact on how it will turn out.