Say hello to my friend Gwendolyn. She's one of my Nashville buddies (sang in our wedding a hundred years ago). Lately, she's has been hanging out on my easel for longer than anyone should hang. But more oral surgery put me out of commission for a few days, then a boatload of yard work and changing my mind about the background has delayed progress. Alas, I am back on track and wanted to show you the various phases I've put Gwen through to get her this far. I still have a couple tweaks and then she's good to go. Here's the progress so far:
The original photo (above left) was taken on the beach and against my better judgement I tried to add the beach background and hated how distracting it was. Let it sit thinking it might grow on me, but it didn't and I quit trying. In the end my Mr. MacGyver was able to cut the rectangle canvas to a square and now I'm off to add the finishing touches and signature. Thank you Gwen for such a joyful smile and golden glow.