this is the first painting that i've attempted to do a symetrical design. i have to say that there is something quite beautiful about symmetry; almost regal, actually. i particulary found this tree fun to paint. it's like my eyes get lost in it's design and keep trying to figure out where the line begins and ends. the owl is tony. he doesn't show up very well here, as in the actual painting. but he's quite cute, not scary as some people seem to think! although he is a little cross-eyed.