Cobalt Pigment Prepared

To prepare for my first attempt in painting an icon of Saint Barbara I’ve ground the different hues I’ll be using (and a couple of mixtures, too).  In the end, an entire shelf has been filled.

It feels good to have this work done, but as I look at the narrow range of colours available to me from this handful of dirt from Cobalt, I’m wonderful why I chose to begin with this source … perhaps the unsatisfactory tree painting is still bothering me and I’m hoping to put it right in this icon?

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