It was a very tough two weeks but I was able to finish Canto 2 on June 13th. During this same time I was working on a double portrait commission, two custom tabernacle frames I had to build and a crate I had to build for the Temptation of Christ Commission that was shipped to the collector in Ireland this past Friday. Needless to say, I had no time to take photos and do color corrections. I'm very glad to finally share these photos with you now that I've rested and feel like my eyes are working again.
This one was really tough due to all of the detail in the background and the many folds of fabric I had to paint the last few days. Beatrice was wonderful to paint and it was nice to paint something angelic in the midst of a setting that is so cold and dark. It presented many challenges but so far I've received a lot of good feedback on how things were handled so I'm very happy about that. The last week was especially hard and I was working on little or no sleep to get this finished in time to be viewed by some of my collectors this past Sunday. My contacts were really bothering me and my eyes were burning a lot from a lack of sleep. I had to skip my time in the gym the last two weeks. I don't think I would have been able to stay up or recover if I pushed it anymore. Fortunately, everything turned out great and I was able to catch up on sleep the past two days.
Where to go now? Since my schedule is now open I've decided to work on two panels at a time. This time I will be working on Canto 4: Charon, Ferryman of the Dead and Canto 5: Dante among the great poets of antiquity in Limbo. I should have all I need to start on Canto 5 by the end of the week. Thanks for all of your support!