Working fast, I added a layer of burnt sienna and a touch of ultramarine blue into the leather overcoat, a bit of grey onto the pants and shirt. Raw Sienna is the perfect base for blond hair, so I glazed a layer on then scraped it with the knife to reveal the whites and greys of the en grisaille layer. I had deliberately brushed the paint in the hair area so it was thick and had some ridges in it so that I could use them at this stage.

Her wings are going to have to go back and to the right side of her body, slightly changing the design, but that’s okay. I must remember to paint the stream of liquid flowing from one bottle to the other, and I should get the background moving too.

I spoke to Courtney at the High Studio in Moorpark, who told me that they want to show “As The Crow Flies” and several of the big paintings in their “Dreamscapes” exhibit. While it will feel very different in their space, with a lower ceiling, I expect “Crow” to feel more dramatic, not less, as it will totally dominate the walls. Can’t wait to install it.

Temperance gets another layer

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