It was my intention to keep the left hand blurry, as if it's farther in the distance, and too far out of the shallow focal plane (if it had been a photograph). But I don't happen to love this effect, now that it's done. I was unsure all the while working on it, but that's often the case for me, only becoming confident when a certain area is all-the-way realistic. With this piece, I am very tempted to paint over everything but the right hand and its shell, leaving a smooth matte area of negative space around it. I don't mind taking a Skillsaw to the left side and top of the panel, removing the excess area to better center the composition. Live and learn, I guess. If I do make these changes, it wouldn't be the first time I covered over something, or added something to a piece, years after the first time it was considered 'completed'. For the time being, the composition as it is shown here is on display at Art Connections Gallery in Bastrop.
I had another piece underway, but it got temporarily sidelined. This is as far as I got with 'Exaggeration'.