I think I've finally finished the Cecropia Moth and hope I've done her justice. Yes, this is a female - you can tell because her antenna are smaller and thinner than those of a male.
Anyway, here is a photo of her with a frame that I'm considering for the painting. The painting is not fully dry so the frame is just leaning against the painting. That's why there's a shadow area on the left side of the painting.
The moth colors look pretty accurate on my monitor but the frame has more gray in it along with the brownish color. The color of the frame goes well with the painting but I'm not sure it's THE frame even though the barnwood frames are very, very popular now.
So now that the moth has been completed, I've started a portrait of a pug - a really special pug who recently went to the Rainbow Bridge. Jack was a dog I knew well and loved and that makes it harder for me to paint him, I think. A friend once told me that it's hard to paint your own pets or those you know well because you know them in so many different moods and ways. You get confused over which expression or look best portrays them. Anyway, I want this painting to be especially perfect so wish me good success with it. I'll post it when I finish.