Taking my own photographs of various animals so that I can paint them is thrilling to me. I use photoshop to rearrange the subjects that may have been taken in several different shots to make a pleasing study that is one of a kind to produce original art. I saw the iquana on the docks getting off a cruise ship, the alligators in the pond at the end of our street where we rent for the winter in Forida, the three alpacas stood in a fence grazing area in norther Ontario. the monkey on the fence I captured on a hike in Grenada. The zoo is one of my favourite places to go. My new 35X zoom Cannon camera allows me to take great close up shots.