Progress is being made on the St. Mother Teresa icon, although slower then originally estimated, with always having to pack everything up for viewings of the condo and dealing with computer problems. Will be glad to get the condo sale done. Glad to have my computer back so I can also catch up on my journal entries.
I'm at the point with the icon where I need to do the gold leafing. The commission requested a gray background. I've adjusted the colour a few times but I need the gold in place in order to make any final adjustments. I'm keeping it to a more blue/lavender gray in order not to match the warmer whites in Mother Teresa's habit.
Once I get the gold in place, and given it time to set, I can then continue in finishing the fabric and then develop the faces etc. I will need to do glazes on the child's body.
In egg tempura, the gold leafing is usually done at the beginning. But with my technique, and using more opaque acrylics, I develop the icon to a mid-point (approx.). It gives me more freedom in working the icon without trying to protect the gold. Once the gold is done, then I have to always protect the gold from paint droplets etc.