This is an acrylic painting of a birdhouse which hangs next to the fence in my garden. This is a joint venture. My youngest daughter first sketched it in pencil, then I painted. If you notice, the detailing was done in pen and ink.
One of my favorite things to draw is wood grain. There's something so graceful and beautiful about the grains found in wood and I love to recreate the effect.
The original painting was auctioned off in a fund-raiser for a local charter school. I felt honored to be a part of helping the school to become successful.
DADDY UPDATE: Dad's appointment with the neck brace folks was disappointing. The brace they had did not fit. There's another they want to try. If that doesn't work, the VA will make another appointment to fit a custom brace. After that, the only option is a risky surgery. Without surgery the muscles in his neck will continue to weaken which, with the broken bones in his neck, will give no support. Eventually without the brace, his head would flop to one side. This is a very scary time for my family. We would appreciate your prayers for Dad and for our family.