Wow Mr. Lee, that's fantastically beautiful and dramatic. The garage has been busy!
I notice a shadow behind the center birds neck.
Does the neck stand out far enough to actually throw a shadow?
Or is the shadow engraved?
Did you go over some of the lower scrolls with ink to strengthen the outline for the picture.
Hope you don't mind the questions.
Here is the bottom. It presented some real problems. Rust around the dog's legs was deep enough that it could not all be removed. The barrel was rust blued and the receiver hot dipped so I had to blend them do my best to make it look the same. I'm not as happy with the bottom as I am the sides but such is life.
Looks like a self portrait Lee, and you did a masterful job of concealing the rust problem. If the "self portrait" was unintentional, it reminds me of a time I airbrushed a downhill skier on the back of a van ("Snowbound") and when my wife saw it her first comment was "why did you paint your face on it?" I had spent all night painting it and didn't realize what I had done, but the client was well pleased.