THIS WEEK WAS SPENT WORKING IN THE LOWER REGISTER OF THE PAINTING. I tackled Cedric with his horse, then the chickens to bring a little light heartedness to this painting marathon. Friday I tried to finish Matty's hair, head and shirt. The Icelandic Sheep dog is roughed in, ready for more work next week. I would like to paint through to the end of each subject in one sitting, but the day is not long enough or I am not fast enough.
The chickens, on the other hand, had my attention until I was finished. I wish I could paint the whole painting with that same abandonment of expectations as the chickens gave me. I remain steadfast in my commitment to paint the best picture I can, but I have to say I am feeling the last six miles of this marathon and am getting anxious for the finish line.
Overall, I am a month ahead of my self-imposed schedule, which will give me some time before Christmas to take care of any areas of the painting begging for attention.
The frame progress should show up in my posts in the next few weeks. I am excited to see it come together. It is now in the hands of Rich, the cabinet maker.