Today I made it back after several weeks away. This was my last Tuesday, because I've gotten a new job (a promotion! yay!), and my new schedule won't allow for me to copy on Tuesdays. In fact, I may have to stop copying for the foreseeable future, unless I can switch to an occasional Thursday. Such is the life of a part-time library employee.
So by necessity, this was probably the last day for me to work on this copy in the museum. Of course, I could still work on it at home, from photos on the computer, if I decide that I could improve upon it. I've been looking at it too long to know for sure.
Today I mainly worked on the fur, trying to get it right. But of course I'm still not happy. I don't think it's possible to paint fur as well as Stubbs did. I also darkened the tree by glazing it with burnt umber and ultramarine blue. I didn't darken the sky, even though it's obviously darker in the painting. I think it has yellowed with time, and I preferred to leave it a lighter blue.
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