It definitely helped doing a lot of the heavy lifting prior to the final painting and made this step a lot quicker and more enjoyable.
I will let you know, however, which parts caused the most trouble and which came the easiest. It is very hard to tell which will be which when first starting out. Areas that I think will be the most challenging often aren't, and vice versa. For this one, I probably spent the most time on Anna's green cloak, never quite satisfied with how it was turning out.
I was expecting the hands and faces to take the longest but actually I was able to do them fairly quickly.
To be honest, when I come to this point, I am ready to move on. I feel like I've been staring at the same image for months (which I have), and have already spent a lot of time daydreaming of other paintings I want to make.
Next up is the last of the Joyful Mysteries, "Finding Jesus in the Temple." I am excited to get started and to actually complete this series which has been years now in the making. With my schedule, it is not always easy to scratch out the time to be able to work on this stuff.
Let me know what you think and please contact me if you'd like to buy a print of this painting.
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