Snoball - Thanks for the interesting comment. I start out thinking abstract and then inadvertently realism creeps in. Drives me crazy.
Arty - abstract surreal - sounds good! I've not been labeled surreal before. Thanks for the kind words.
laf.art - thanks so much!
Nufocus - you're right. Recently I have been creating lots of 'experiments' most of which I plan to paint over or throw out, so I haven't posted them. But I did have fun with the oyster and plan to do some more on the theme of close-ups of interesting patterns in nature.. Thanks for your comment!