I’m thinking the background is pretty close to done. If not, it will have to wait since any painting over it will be best done when the current paint is dry. I’m discovering that the paint is taking much longer to dry on the wood than it does on canvas. My best guess is that it is because I’m not using as much medium as I usually do, and the medium has a dryer in it which speeds things up a bit. Somehow I’m managing to get the transparency of layers I like without thinning the paint so much. The downside is the increased dry time.
None of that will keep me from starting on the horse, however. The final step will be (I think) to sand the edges of the oval so that the paint looks like it’s fading into the wood. I’ve never tried this, so I may be hugely disappointed if I make a mess! As usual, my readers will be the first to know.