Some cancellations with the real job opened up my day and I’m going to attempt to start painting again (fingers crossed). I moved all my supplies into my shop where there will be no animal hair getting into the paint and the lighting will be consistent. I’m realizing I did not eat today and it is almost 1pm, so I better go find food before I start the new underpainting.

I took the last painting down to Suzie for framing after the varnishing. Having it under her lights made me see all sorts of issues that need addressing. The frames we picked out were awesome, albeit quite spendy. She had her calculator out and said, “Hold on to your britches.” One thousand dollars to get that painting framed. Oy-vay!

Later she called and said the large outer frame was no longer being produced, so I had to go back down and we picked out another style. Should be ready in another couple weeks, then I may scrub off the varnish, repaint a couple areas, and then varnish again. If I don’t I’ll always feel I stopped short of where I should have.

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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