Finally! Patience and perseverance, and sweat and blisters eventually succeed. Small consolation for my poor fingers. But the gold leaf on the background is finally properly in place and it needs to set overnight. Will only be 3 more days behind schedule...from the behind schedule that I was already on. Will get this leaf burnished tomorrow, get the halos and borders along the gold painted, finished painting the sides of the panel, and then varnish all the gold (frame and background) and sides. Then that has to set overnight again.
I'll be able to start painting again on Saturday, starting by redoing what I've undone along the gold leaf areas!
Oh, and yes, I do still have to pick up the shipping crate tomorrow! Breath!