I worked all day yesterday and got the corset finished. While taking a break I looked through the new Artist’s Magazine that came in the mail. On the very last page was an ad for the Artist’s Open Competition. I had already entered the family portrait in it, but staring right back at me was the deadline for the contest – May 22nd. 3 more days. I suddenly wanted to get this painting done so I could enter it also. The only problem I would not be able to varnish it in time. Oh well, I’ll take a picture of it without varnish. It won’t look as good but there’s nothing I can do. The paint has to dry before I can varnish. So my new goal was to get it done before the deadline.

It is 11:30pm and I have decided I am done. I spent the day working on the mirror. Of course there is always more I could do to it, but I just don’t want to. I went ahead and signed it, which means I am officially done with this painting. YAY!!!!

So tomorrow I will take it outside and try to get a good picture of it in the sunlight, and then I will submit the photo online to the photo contest. I’ll probably varnish it in a week, let it sit for two or three more days after that, and then take it down to Suzie for framing.


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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