I've been painting furiously and have done 3 Whidbey Animal Star paintings. I'll post them soon. Meanwhile, I'm away from the Island for a week studying hypnotherapy ... and while I miss being in my studio working on WAS, it's quite amazing to be doing this training. After today's long session, I chilled by doing a couple of studies for WAS. I had quickly grabbed acrylic paints, oil brushes, and a pad of paper as I rushed out the door to catch the boat. I NEVER paint with acrylic, had only a super limited color palette, and the equipment is all wrong. Oh well! I used copper and bronze because I had no yellows. Improvised like crazy, and turns out I like the spontaneity!!! First is a quick colorful study of Wendy, a WAS kitty. Second is Boofie in the Snow, another WAS contender. I am ever grateful to all the wonderful animal lovers who are sharing their photos with me. I anticipate painting like a fiend, learning a ton, and having loads of fun with all the photos I'm receiving! Doing these studies are excellent prep for the oil paintings yet to be painted.