Carolyn here. I’m working on another painting of fossils, rocks and curiosities found in the Peace Country. Hopefully I can donate it to the silent auction fundraiser at the Amber Ball, in aid of building the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley. It does seem to fit the occasion, doesn’t it? Now, I don’t know if there are any rules about donating things but for the moment I don’t care. Part one, the painting, will be finished while I think I can do this; part 2, the donation, will follow or not as it may be. Who knows where the progression of the fossils may end?
There is a lot of detail in a painting like this. Progress is slow so sometimes it is nice to have photographic evidence that spending two hours painting three square inches is actually a step forward. It is! It’s very similar to collecting fossils themselves, really. Each one takes a certain amount of time and effort to collect, and there is a lot of luck involved. Sometimes you don’t realize what you’ve got until you stash it for a while, then take it out and have a fresh look.
Here’s what I have so far, the progression from the week. There are two “plain old rocks”, one artifact and… the rest is fossils.