This is what I pulled out early this morning — a quick attempt at a flower on wooden plaque that my husband had previously stained like mahogany. Reminding me that I cannot draw a realistic-looking flower in the traditional sense, but instead of being frustrated as usual . . . I like the shape and the almost cartoonish feel to it. Now this thing:

But I think it is getting closer to what I had imagined when I started the project. I regret using dark brown gesso now, but there is nothing to be done beyond working with it and filling it up. I will try to find a stencil of bark or some branch shapes to frame the dog. The cedar by the dog’s eyes is real, picked off a hedge in the neighbourhood.