I will no doubt be messing with this for some time to come, it's my first serious attempt to paint a person with my underpainting technique. It works great on dogs and cats but flesh tones are much trickier, as well as getting it smooth. Miss the easy fur textures. Ruth was our dear friend and fabulous artist (a painting of hers is at the end of this post) She is the only artist we have ever collected. She passed away over a year ago but still hangs out at our house. Bob started this portrait of her in airbrush years ago and never got around to finishing it, so I used it as an experiment to see if my technique would work here. Mixed result. I'm glad I'm not a portrait painter. The gilt frame goes on everything right now, and I love the way it looks here. I'll probably be adding touches to it too from time to time
I can't say how much I love this work! It is endlessly fascinating, picks up light in the most magical ways. She used gold paper candy wrappers, cutouts, reflective wrapping papers, fabric paints... and made it all sing.