On February 1st--believe it, or not--I delivered the portrait of Dr. McKinlay's father. It's not finished, but I felt sufficiently okay about it to let him have his first look. He'll have it for a few weeks to see if any corrections are necessary. He said he plans to give the painting to his mother. I'm nervous, but eager to learn what she will think of it. The studio seems like something is missing now, though the reference photos are still in view. They will remain in place as I'm fully expecting some "tweaks" will be requested.
The other photos are the usual, never-quite-the-same harbor, ocean and sky views. There is also a newer work for your consideration. In an explosion of pent-up energy, I grabbed several colors and a palette knife and went crazy. It was an exhilarating and carefree attempt at an expressive seascape. It may not last, but it was fun to do.
Have a great tomorrow!