Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow.  I had an idea to make a flag out of drumsticks and it determined its own shape and flow.

Then, being patriotic, I added a surprise inside the back of the frame paying homage to Peter Max and his renditions of the Statue of Liberty.

Looking back at the squirrel I painted in small scale, I decided I wanted to try a realistic rendering of my dog, Boogie.  But I wanted to simplify the other element so as to keep the focus going back to the dog.