So, yesterday’s session went slower than I’d planned. That said, I’ve learned if you don’t add life into the eye of the marlin, regardless of the time it demands, then all you’ve got is just another painting perfect for a shower curtain. As an artist, you have to designate emotion in the eye to some degree, and hopefully a ton of it.

How many times has an authentic baker from France quickened his work by baking the croissant to perfection in half the time needed in the oven? Exactly zero. So, my time well spent.

I have two more sessions on the marlin’s eye. Each session demands 8-days dry time for my oils. I could use 3-sessions. I don’t know now, but I will when I get there.

My stop times have become all whomperjawed because this oil WILL NOT DRY. That’s a good thing but it forces me to paint differently, mechanically so. In the old days, it took maybe (MAYBE!) two days to dry just about anything. As the rednecks say, “Not no more.” Therefore, what I needed to finish in a day … pfft, I can take 5-days to finish.

It’s like clearing land with a mulching cutter while simultaneously pruning the perfect bonsai tree. Or, better yet, playing Metalica and Vivaldi through the speakers at the same time. Artistically speaking, I don’t want to fall down ’cause I could go boom. Especially when the eyeball in one is bigger than the lab of another.