30x30" This one's a substantial size.
This new painting changes depending on the time of day and the lighting. In the morning the golds really pop. It feels energized. At night the black gets richer. It feels cosy. I tried to give you an idea of the changes by taking a photo in shadow and a photo in sunlight, but it won't be quite as noticeable.
The piece has about fifteen layers of paint, maybe more. I lost count after a bit. It started out white and gold and very light. While poking around Jeane's blog I found this post showing all the layers that she put on, rubbed off, sprayed and all the amazing patinas she came up with. At one point she covered over her painting completely with a layer of black. Wow. Now to me that was brave. As soon as I thought of doing it myself, my heart went up into my throat in excitement. It would be breaking one of the 'rules' of this routine I've made for myself. A little thing, just choosing a different value pattern, but breaking the rules is so exciting.
My heart was still throbbing up in my throat while I worked. I broke into a worried sweat thinking, "should I have done this?" and then it started to pull together and I felt like I was riding the wind.