Here's where we are with the six Austrian limber teams and riders this afternoon.
Relax! No controversial posts today, simply a progress report on the current painting. But I am rather jaundiced in outlook at the moment, following the application of the yellow facing color yesterday evening, a yellow highlight to two of the limbers this morning (while the carpet cleaners were here), and a second thin glaze of alkyd oil fleshtone on the faces, which weren't quite peachy enough for me. If I get the limbers done this afternoon, I'll address hair, mustaches, and possibly highlight the riding gauntlets with off white this evening.
The limbers have been a two-step process so far. First of all, I carefully slopped -- Can you ever 'slop' carefully? -- thinned alkyd oil Yellow Ochre all over them a couple of days ago. I have followed today with carefully touching a small brush, loaded with the brighter yellow acrylic you see at right, thinned just a wee bit, to the raised areas to bring out some detail and add depth to the limbers, yet keep the "woodwork" from turning out too bright.
The two limbers at far left have had both steps of the yellow treatment, and I am reasonably happy with the way they have turned out. Not bright Ferrari yellow, but a more subdued mustard yellow, which seems appropriate for Austrian limbers. It's kind of slow going though, hence the lunch break right now.