I'm so excited, I colored my bear and I didn't ruin him!! I don't think I even realized till I was finished how much stress this was causing me. Jan gave me a bunch of pointers, I used one of my new hog bristle brushes, and I actually enjoyed painting! I could apply color to the tips of the hair while still allowing the leather to show through. I could blend without making mud. I learned how the right shadows and highlights can really accent the carving.
I decided to change the top lip a little this afternoon and I'll finish that up tomorrow. I still need to decide if I am going to add any decorative accents to the piece (I am leaning towards not). Then we will do the backgrounding, apply a sealer, and finally varnish the eyes. I think those last steps will really bring him to life.
It's been really fun and I'm so glad I had this opportunity, but I'm sure looking forward to going home tomorrow night too!
Here he is with some color.