In the meantime, here are my Friday night tiny paint studies (done during the week). Still too slow: takes me from 30 minutes to a couple of hours to complete each :( I'm not giving up - that's my consolation for now.
As always, the source photographic images were found on the web by typing random words in google image search and picked by me based on what I felt like at the moment. If anyone feels they need to claim ownership, please do so - I think the original photos are awesome and deserve all kinds of recognition.
Until next time.