Below is a photo of the portrait of Jim (including some details) which I completed about six months ago, but just recently had the chance to varnish. I posted several videos on my layering technique(s), which can be found in previous blogs. Varnishing a painting is always a fun experience as it allows you to view the piece differently. Areas of color, particularly the darker passages become fresh again and appear as they did when the paint was still wet. The varnish makes the colors richer and deeper and greatly enhances the image.