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It's another cold windy day.  There is sunshine which is rare in Rochester, NY  during January and February and I'm thankful for that.

I'm posting a painting I did outside our local cafe "Sweet Solutions"  The owner-chef makes the best soups to keep us warm, not to mention her delicious cookies, cakes and pastries.  We are blessed that she decided to set up shop in Ionia, NY.   It is also available through ebay auction.

I hope to finish my Deer painting today.  It is a large piece that I have been working on for over two weeks.  Not every day, but several painting sessions and it's almost done.  Not everything I'll do from here on, will make the Deer painting work.  That is why it takes so long. -Brande


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