I totally blew the orange horse--overworked it--but I suspect it was overworked yesterday. I did like my development of the right portion of the painting, so I cut the bad out and kept the good. It's small and narrow, (3 1/4" x 8"), but charming. You live, you paint, you screw up, you learn what's a mess, what's worthy of saving.
AFTER MY DISASTER, I FIRMED UP THE FIRST PAINTING: After a couple days of observation, I decided when painting a carousel, one needs a firm grip on some solid color.
Another couple of hours spent with oils and little baby hands. They are painful to paint, but I think I'm making progress. An artist I ran into advised don't make them as wrinkled as they are. Thinking I know best--we're all so egotistical--I ignored her advice for a while, then after getting too detailed and ugly, I started to simplify. She was absolutely correct. The hands have started to improve.
Online looking for glazing guidance, I ran into a wonderful portrait artist. Jess Bates is his name. His site is basically to promote his portrait business, but it also offered tutorials. I read one then browsed through his other pages. After reading what he tells his clients, I felt so much better about how long this painting is taking me. Bates said a painting can take four to six weeks to paint and another month to varnish That's for a painting coming from a professional. Naturally, being a novice, of course this painting is going to take me a tad longer. I immediately relaxed. My Mother's Day deadline is off. I do plan to finish before then, but I really do think it should be varnished correctly. A proper varnish coat is what will keep the painting in the family for years. For other novice and not so novice portrait artists, I added Jess Bates to my blog list. I intend to spend some more afternoons with this man.