This one is a shrimp boat that was moored at a harbor in Port O'Connor, Texas. I painted this one from a photo I took there. Yes, the shrimp boats are still working on our side of the Gulf. Hopefully the BP cap on that well is going to work!
The painting of the three pelicans is also done from a photo. I didn't take this one myself, but used one from the website Paint My Photo where people post photos and give permission for artists to use them for their paintings.
In both cases one of my goals is to edit a lot of the detail of the photos in order to have a better composition for the painting.