Here is my recently completed attempt to recreate a picture of Toddles. I definitely got off on the angles... I wish I could have seen it in the beginning phases, but that is a skill I am still developing. As an 'inspired by' piece and not something that is trying to be a reproduction, though, I like it!
I wanted to experiment more with a palette knife, but hated the lack of detail in the face/hands. I decided I would start with my brush and get the detail parts done in a way I was familiar with, and went back and did the clothes and flower and background with the knife. I love the balance of detail and texture I achieved, and I love the idea of painting things with depth of field. I hope to experiment with these things more in the future!