Working at getting the orb right has been challenging, but I think I finally have it on the track. I painted out nearly all of the outer circle of white, which simply wasn’t working because it was just too big, dominating the painting too much. Now it’s reduced down to a far smaller circle which I added some orange to, planning to add a glaze of white over the orange later. I’m going to try an inner circle of white so I get the same effect as the earlier version at a smaller scale. The outer circle survived in a lesser form as a halo about the inner circle, so the work wasn’t wasted – I really like the halo. A drawback to this experimentation has been that I will need to almost completely repaint the hand, which suffered a bit under the glazes.
A truck pulled up outside the studio and unloaded twenty tons of snow into the courtyard so that the students could play in it. When it all quietens down out there I’ll go and visit it.Â
I wonder how the reflux is going. I’ll not be able to see the results until Monday afternoon.