Have you ever been to Key West?
There are roosters just walking around. They don't seem to belong to anyone, but no one seems to mind that they're there.
I painted this fella back when I was just beginning. I think I just tried too hard to make him just right - perfect coloring, perfect feathers in place, perfect grass, perfect barn side behind... In truth... he was a scraggly guy scratching in the dirt beside a cinder block building...
Now that I've kind of figured out who I am as a painter, I think I'd like the painting better if it told the truth!