Throughout the day, I had all kinds of titles and topics for tonight’s post flit through my mind, from lamenting the rendering challenges of ellipses to praising the paint-dissolving talents of rubbing alcohol. Now that I finally sit down to type, though, with joints stiff from the day’s contortions and specks of paint decorating my clothes, I have nothing to say other than this: the painting step is complete. Of course, I might inspect the whole in the morning and intensify a shadow, or amplify a highlight, or question my own sanity over believing the painting to be complete in the first place. But, for now, it is finished. The next—and nearly final—step will be quilting. Tomorrow I will baste this top layer to batting and backing, and then begin hand-stitching the layers together. I will be able to resume listening to NPR, or tolerate others in the same room, or even engage in idle chatter as I work. Most likely, though, my brain will increasingly devote its attention to the next piece, as this piece approaches its conclusion.

The first painted candles and their challenging ellipses.

The first painted candles and their challenging ellipses.

Two more candles.

Two more candles.

The final candle, and the end of painting on this piece.

The final candle, and the end of painting on this piece.

The full composition, with just quilting and edge finishing remaining!

The full composition, with just quilting and edge finishing remaining!

Day Fifty-Five: Painting Complete! | 2014 | Uncategorized