Since getting the palladium leafing set on the Thomas Merton, I've been unable to do the touch ups and re-guilding the halo, thanks to the heat. It was 33° here yesterday and not much cooler indoors. So with the fans at full and sweating, there is too much disturbance in the air for applying gold size and a drop of sweat falling on the unsealed leaf would be a major problem. So I am having to wait until the temperatures cool down in the next few days (hopefully). This poor iconographer can't afford to have air conditioners installed.
And without the palladium sealed yet, I am unable to continue writing the icon as I can't set my hand/palm on the unsealed leaf, leaving imprints on it.
So with temperatures co-operating soon, I will be able to get get to work and complete this icon for my client in Calgary.