These are the updates for today:
I halted work on my third oil because I wanted to let the middle layer to dry a bit. I am practice-painting a photo of a sunset with trees. I did the purple sky and the trees in the background, now I have to paint the trees in the foreground. It's coming okay, although the composition is pretty simple.
Last night I started my next major work, which is something I had done before, namely a new version of my old "Where Boats are Cars", oil on canvas this time. I expect this to take the rest of this month and probably a good chunk of April, just like it did when I made the pastel version. I don't know whether you remember that the reference photo was taken by my late Dad. On several of his vacation trips he took many pictures of landscapes hoping I'd give them a shot as drawings, or paintings. He liked my drawings, but he kind of admired more oil paintings. I will go over several of his photos now. It is a pity he couldn't get to see them while he was alive.
Last night I started sketching it. Oh boy it felt good to do a grid again, and to grab those sanguine and sepia pencils to sketch. After that, it will be wash time. I'll try to post some pics, using my camera and my tripod.
Things at the uni also seem to be working alright, the review paper we are writing seems to be going smoothly.
And I have this girlfriend that makes me happy, plus the fact that I see my family very often. It's good to be back home.