FINISHED: "Sapphire," 24" x 30", acrylics on panel, available for purchase to the first asking nicely, $899 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much!
The Beribboned pieces are cobbled together from reference photos of the animal and actual ribbon set up as a still life here in the studio.
With Sapphire, today I abandoned my elaborate ribboned armature and the reference photo to focus exclusively on the painting, making the various elements work together.
I think my next one will be much, much simpler.