From a photo I took in Kyoto outside a fish restaurant (he's sitting in broth on a bed of tofu).
Talk about getting out of one's comfort zone! No trees, no sky, no rolling hills. And I don't particularly like fish.
The transitions in the colors, and the limited range made this very challenging. I'm not even close to what I was looking at. I may have to do some more of this type of thing to broaden my skills. Sounds like a good goal for a new year.
Speaking of new years... I don't know what the plan is this year. I've succeeded painting and posting almost every day of 2009. Right when I reached the 365 mark, I seemed to loose all steam. Perhaps I needed a different kind of goal for 2010, it was observed.
Many of you have suggested that this year I might focus on bigger paintings that take a bit longer than the 1 and 2 hour pieces I've been doing. Others suggested I do paintings that happen over various sittings, so I can show the steps as they proceed. And plenty of folks simply said "go for it" and just keep on bashing them out, full steam ahead.
Well, without a definitive plan in place, I guess I will just pound on through and hopefully the plan will reveal itself to me.
Thanks for all your support, advice and continued interest in this process as I keep on learning to paint.