Sorry for the delay, but just not much progress. Have been down and out with the flu all week. I did manage to get out of bed and into the studio today and put in just about an hour or so. Not much, but thought I would go ahead and post these so you didn't think I flaked on you. I did respond to a question from Brian from the last post and thought I would restate the answer here, thinking that it would be of interest to some of you. Brian's question was "...do you mix anything into your oils to give it that texture?"
No, generally on my first pass I'm using no or very little medium. The texture is coming about by the fact that I'm loading my brush up pretty heavy with paint and simply laying it down that way. As I work towards the finish, I start using more and more medium, thus resulting in less textured paint (but of course, that initial brushwork telescopes through the proceeding layers.) So, no, I'm using no artificial 'texture' medium. So much of this would be much more understandable and obvious if you could see the original, not just in print or on the screen here.