Some of you may remember my older painting blog, where I was perpetually having trouble painting this stuffed squirel. Ir’s tough because their bodies are shaped oddly, they’re covered with fur of all different tones of gray, and the edges of everything are so soft. This painting was done on oil-paper, which has an absorbent surface that requires a lot of scrubbing to get the colors to move. While a bit of a pain, now that it’s dry, I see that it actually worked really well to get that softness. Helped, I suppose, by the fact that my vision was so blurry I concentrated on the large forms. I’ll try to remember that now that I can at least partially see.