The Procession of Hope and Feathers is still tacked to the wall, but the painting is to all extents and purposes done. The photographer came to my studio last week (yes, we were masked and the windows were open) and I now have a professional image.
Once I have the image, I crop it in Photoshop to confirm the edge boundaries. That's the first step to ordering a stretcher for the painting. I determined that the finished size will be 131" x 68". It will be be a month or two (at least, given these times) until it's on the stretcher and ready to hang, but I look forward to showing The Procession of Hope and Feathers at R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton when the time comes.
From the largest painting I've ever completed - to a very small one, still untitled. I have started work on a 16" square oil on wood panel. Easel size! Since The Procession of Hope and Feathers will be taking up my painting wall for a while, I plan to complete a series of small works.
This is a snapshot of the progress so far - basically an underpainting. Since I have blocked in a lot of the background, my next step is making the central figure come alive. Painting women has always been my passion and my forte. But I will admit that painting birds has become a bit of an obsession - each one has a particular coloration, feather configuration, grace and personality. This is a stork, like the ones I saw traveling in Costa Rica. When will we be able to travel again?