Nearly all of the skulls on the right hand side are complete now. I’ve been enjoying getting some dynamic, fluid painting done and making some big inroads into the piece. Painting the skulls is becoming easier as I become increasingly familiar with the shapes of the anatomy of the eye sockets and teeth in particular, although there are one or two of them that will need a re-drawing of the teeth in particular to make them more convincing. Presently they are too uniform and anatomically incorrect. This picture was shot this morning, before I wrapped it up for the day – actually I’ve made more progress than is shown here.Â
I’m still getting a big kick out of my large easel, which simply doesn’t flinch at even a panel as big as this one. It’s so strong and well balanced that although I am unable to lift by myselfÂ this eight foot panel when it’s on the ground, when I have it on the easel I can move both the easel and the painting with one hand. Right now the painting is pushed over onto one side of the shelf so it’s overhanging one side by four feet, but the easel is still solid and sturdy.