The female figure has been completely drawn, so I used a little Prussian Blue to line it out so that when I prime the panel it will be easily visible under the Burnt Sienna. I also started to think about the composition of the painting more thoroughly, drawing some parallel lines across it. I’m fairly happy with the way she’s going, and I’m considering adding a male figure on the right hand side to balance her out and add a little drama to the piece.Â
I also did a little repair work to the dark blue background of Justice where she was scratched when I sanded down the gesso prior to gilding the sphere. The lower bottle got a coat of pale blue as the beginning of its becoming silver. Eventually the upper bottle will be gold – it’s the alchemical process of silver and gold combining to create the essence, or the balance between heaven and earth, if you like.