I think I'm finished with this. I spent a lot of today working on it and think it's pretty overworked. However, my husband thinks it's not overworked but finished. I printed a card and took it to the pet shop where I have some of my work and the owner liked it a lot so I'm calling it quits.
It doesn't look anything like the ref but that's ok - it was for my own learning and not a commission.
I'm an artist living in the middle of the boonies but usually enjoying every minute of it. Living in the country means no cable or super fast internet connection and certainly no brick and mortar art stores within easy reach. But it also means that we have an abundance of wildlife right outside our door as well as beautiful landscape vistas just about anywhere we look. That's well worth the lack of modern conveniences to me.