For whatever it's worth or for whatever interest it may hold for those few readers out there, I have finally finished the chicken painting. And no, I still don't know what I will name it. I signed it earlier this morning and thought I had better grab a picture of it before it started snowing (which it has.) The pictures go in decending order from the beginning stages to it's completed state. Over the year it took me to finish this piece (which was ENTIRELY too long) I realized the importance of having a good design first. Wow, did I ever realize this. Design, design, design, and then paint. Luckily, I am pleased with the outcome, but I know if I were to paint it again I would pay more attention to those precious and few princilpes of design: balance, gradation, repetition, contrast, harmony, dominance, unity.