Two 12 x 12 oil paintings, one slightly revised from an earlier posting, and the other from a drawing previously posted.
The following quote is from Emile Gruppe's Brushwork: A Guide to Expressive Brushwork for Oil Painting: "...my closing advice to you is to paint what you like--don't worry if anyone else likes it or not. And study nature carefully, so you know what you're trying to do. Maybe you'll eventually agree with me: if there's a heaven, it must be here on earth. The world is so beautiful! Everyone subconsciously appreciates this beauty. But the painter's appreciation is more conscious--and he spends his life trying to communicate his feelings to others."