I ended up chopping off some of the left side. I thought about reattaching it to the right side, but it didn't work. I also muted the blue down a bit with paint. The piece is ok, but I'm not really excited about it, so I started another one, this time larger, not so busy. I'm not ready to show it yet, maybe next week. I'm not so sure why I can look at a friends work and immedietly see if something isn't right, but my own work is so hard to critique, even the obvious stuff. I do photograph it and look at the image, and sometimes that helps, but showing it to others, whose judgement I trust really makes a difference.
Our son Sam left for Australia last night. He's planning on being gone about a year, traveling the country, working, and hopefully traveling on to other parts of the world. A grand adventure for him.
I hope this is the trip of a lifetime. I hope he does not meet and fall in love with a wonderful Australian girl, get married and live there forever. If so, Brenda http://www.brendagaelsmith.com/ will have to become his stepmom!