Thursday, 6 January 2011
Yesterday I mostly patched up damage from children climbing on him over the Christmas holidays! There were quite a few scratches - some deep - but worse are the scuffs from rubber soled shoes as these leave behind some of the rubber which doesn't take the paint very well :(( I will just have to keep going over them I suppose - one of the dangers of painting, and keeping the object, in a public space.
That aside - I've been getting back in tune with the project and today added the 'mane' stream down the middle of his mane. I wasn't sure at first how to approach the top of the mane, but somehow the patterns seem to just form naturally as I begin to paint. I suppose it's all about having that initial boldness, the rest just kind of follows on.
I would like to get the rest of the waves filled in in the next couple of visits now as I'm itching to get on to the body - it varies as to how many people come to talk to me, as to how long I get each time really - though I do like the conversation and that's all part of the project too - to bring awareness of the lions and why we are doing this. Might have to get down there earlier tomorrow :)