I had such a WONDERFUL time painting this for a friend for Christmas.
I had the canvas for months as was afraid to put down the first layers of paint.
I used a couple photos for refernce, but other than that I did not draw or plan out what I was going to do. I just let it happen. I think that is a great part of the creative process. Just letting it flow. I knew it would work out as I went. I did stop a couple times and said to myself "should have I put down that layer of paint, or should that be a different color?"
But it worked out!
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