As the paint dries, the colors seem to dull. Now I know that when I apply the final varnish, all the colors should come back to life. As I am painting over my previous work, the difference between new paint and old paint is substantial. I’ve noticed that my dark browns, or umbers, have dulled the most. It can add a level of anxiety because I remember painting things so dark, and now they look so light. One trick is to oil in – or add linseed oil to a makeup sponge and lightly apply it to the dark areas – but then I feel it takes even longer for things to dry, and I am anxious to finish up this painting. My logic is flawed probably. I am using linseed oil in my paints today as I work on the final rendering of the skirt, which means it will take just as long to dry as any oiling in process. My brain and I don’t always get along.

I am very happy to have the day off today though so I can devote a lot of time to wrapping things up. It looks like I should get the skirt done today, and possibly start the corset tonight. If I can get the corset finished tomorrow, all that’s left to complete will be the hair, trinkets, and that annoying mirror.

I messaged a lady who provided many of the items in her steampunk costume. I want to see if I can hire her to make the costumes for the next painting. She said I can call her tomorrow so I will try to meet up with her and discuss that project.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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