Isn't this fun? Yesterday my neighbor was back on the island to show me some more of her beautiful photography, and she also spent some time explaining how she was using texture layers.
So of COURSE I went home to play, and in the process discovered not only textures but something called "sloppy borders" that I'd seen but never known how to emulate. And, oh my goodness, what fun!
After browsing on the internet for a while I realized that I already had lots of wonderful textures to play with, and that the sloppy border effect was pretty simple to create, and so -- voila! It's a far cry from painting, of course, but I'm getting some exciting ideas for the show that's coming up in a couple of months... Stay tuned!