The wisdom of doing a test piece has been well and truly proven. Today I did the last two layers. I have done all I can whilst at my folk's house in Tucson -- no Pearl Ex, no gesso. As it is, I feel I'm skirting dangerously close to muddy. All that remains is the eye and a blaze: the mythical Layer 10. When I started, I honestly thought 10 would not be enough. Live and learn!
Here she is right after the drop:
|Broke, Layer 8|
I've learned to lighten things with a clean Q-tip. I've learned that a layer of red (technically 109 Earth Red Ochre) can do interesting things to a liver chestnut; I'm inventing this color as I go, and I wanted a coppery tone without sacrificing the essential not-a-bay brown.
Such a sweet little mare. She has taught me a ton and considerably eased my pent-up frustration at not being able to start my NaMoPaiMo horse until after the 8th. In tack parlance, I have "used up my mistakes."