Edgar Payne would have classified this composition as a "tunnel-type"...and, as is the case with several other "tunnels" I've painted, I'm seeing a big old face in the center together with some other things that have appeared like optical illusions. It happens! Once you see raccoons and things that you didn't intend to paint, you can't NOT see them.
I'm submitting three pieces I'm more confident about to the Johnson Creek Watershed Exhibit just under the deadline. It was great fun to paint for the show (and there will be a reception at the beautiful Reed College, Vollum Hall on September 7, 2012).
Oil sketch: Celeste Bergin, Pathway at Tideman-Johnson, oil on 6x6 gessoed paper