Down the Rabbit Hole - Part 4?!?

Yeah, I'm back to working on this painting, AGAIN! I wasn't going to tackle the oil version right away, but I couldn't get it out of my mind, so here we are. I started working on the underpainting yesterday. I'm painting in a combination of Payne's Gray and Gamblin's Portland Warm Gray, with a few hits of ivory black and titanium white where I need stronger shadows or highlights. Yesterday I managed to get about a third of the underpainting completed, and tonight I tackled Alice, for the most part. I still have a bit more to do, but will likely need to wait for it to dry as it is before I can add more.

I've been playing with a new medium after Justin and Annie Stegg Gerard posted about it. It's Gamblin's Solvent-Free Fluid, a solvent-free oil-painting medium. I've been using walnut oil, but there are some areas were walnut oil leaves a bit to be desired. Mainly its drying time can be absolutely bonkers. But, Gamblin's Solvent-Free Fluid isn't great for thin glazes. So I decided to experiment by mixing 1 part Gamsol, 1 part walnut oil, and 2 parts Gamblin's Solvent-Free Fluid, and so far I'm pretty happy with my concoction. It dries faster (<12 hours) than plain walnut oil, it isn't runny like walnut oil can sometimes be, and it's still safe and non-hazardous.

I've also been working on the final oil incarnation of The Amazing Bird Girl. I haven't gotten too far with her yet. I glazed some thin colors over her first, let that dry, then put in some shading and highlights and whatnot yesterday. Once she's dry I'll probably glaze some more colors over the top and keep touching up my shading. Here's a picture of her so far, anyway.

I also worked on some mini-paintings on Friday. Once they're dry I'm probably going to touch them up, then let them dry, then varnish them, then they'll be available for sale. I'm going to try to make a few of these every week, and will probably just pop them up on the site here rather than eBay them, but who knows? In all I have three that are just about done, but here's two, a Death's Head Moth and a raven's eye.

It was a pretty average weekend other than that. Just business as usual, I guess! I usually try to paint on the weekends as much as I can since Luke is home to watch Wolfgang, but I always feel like I could have made better use of my time. We did take off Friday night after dinner to go do some grocery shopping. I got delicious nougat and a cool picture of a storm rolling over the Missouri river.

I probably better go climb into bed now. My mom is coming to visit this week and I've got to tidy up my house and work on some more paintings. Eek!