A few weeks ago, Kylee Parks gave me one of her Annabelle medallions.
It's a beautiful sculpt, and I was happy to receive it. However, I didn't expect it would ever be painted. Despite good intentions and copious art supplies, pretty much nothing gets painted here. My finishwork anxiety is real and crippling.
Kylee started posting pictures of other people's in progress and painted medallions on her Facebook and Instagram studio pages. Some of the Annabelles were intimidating in their awesomeness. Others, while still perfectly nice, were a level niceness that I could reasonably hope to achieve.
I thought: "I could do that."
Then: "I should do that."
Finally: "I will do that."
Before I could change my mind, I quickly prepped and primed my Annabelle.
While I was waiting for the primer to dry, I chose a painting reference.
I flipped it to make things easier...
and dove right in.
Because I have a terrible record when it comes to finishing finishwork, my goal was to keep painting until it was done. That didn't happen. All those little roany hairs were too much for one sitting.
"It's okay to take a break," I told myself. "Just don't quit.""Just keep painting."
I've painted and painted and now, three days later, I'm just about ready to call her done.
She's not perfect, but I think she is as good as I can expect to produce at this point in my finishwork career. I am pleased with her, and myself, and for the first time in a long time, I feel like a painter. Hurray!