Alfred has arrived, in oil and proper.
Not sure why this fellow ended up with the name "Alfred", but there you are.
The technique used for the background didn’t quite work out the way I anticipated, but the mess it made certainly exceeded expectations: the background us made from Alizarin Crimson and Damar Varnish, applied in multiple layers and distributed by gravity. I ended up having to help with a brush in some places, and one can still see running traces in some other areas, but a technique worth exploring. In any case, I find the brilliance of Alizarin Crimson with Damar Varnish, applied over a white primer, just stunning.
Alfred itself is painted with regular oil paint, using Linseed oil as a medium.