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Now that I’ve put that song in your head (picture me laughing maniacally here), guess what? I just completed a new painting! I haven’t had nearly as much painting time lately as I’d like, but a friend had commissioned a painting of a bicycle so I had to get my rear in gear (get it, gear, like, a bike has…oh never mind, that was a terrible joke) and get it done. As you all well know, I’m a masochist and I always choose the worst things to paint: metal, water, tiny-veined plants, and straight lines. This covered two out of four, so I was kind of cursing myself for being too ambitious, but after a lot of playing with it, I’m happy with the final result. This one also had the added challenge of having to go to a bike shop to take photos to work from, and the staff thought I was bonkers when I started lying on the ground to take close-up shots. They wouldn’t agree to let me take any of the bikes outside for photos, so I was stuck with crummy lighting and had to make the best of it. This meant that there was a lot of guesswork while I was actually painting, but such is life. Here’s the finished product:

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Bike Break 12″ x 12″ oil on board