Eagle in Rain. Oil on board 29.5 x 23.5 inches. https://ibb.co/album/egJiGF
, for some reason cant upload image to forum. Started the rough work this morning. Background is slightly stippled gesso with blue/grey on the white grounds. This was then rubbed with light emery paper to pruduce hundreds of non uniform sized small white spots. Picture shows 1st colored glaze on background which will be followed by a number of colored glazes and alternate layers of retouch varnish in between. (I make my own using Danmar Resin and Turpentine) Am trying to create the effect of the soft, hazy, Irish rain. The gesso of the eagle was rubbed smooth to allow the extra-fine detail required for feathers. For me these birds are a real test of patience and not the type of painting one steps away from for a small break. I find that once started I continue till finished otherwise they would never get done. The last step before varnishing is a small drop of water hanging off the beaks tip containing a reflection of the surroundings.