Nicole frequently uses photos for reference information, but that doesn't stop her from creating her own compositions. Before beginning a picture, she enjoys planning where her center of interest will go and what elements she'll add or leave out. In the case of this simplified but accurate depiction of a chipmunk, she decided on a bright green background and the addition of a sprinkling twigs and flowers for interest. Doesn't this picture look like something you might encounter in a gallery of modern art! I also like her delicate mixed media water lily!