Here you can see the patch that is now on the back of the painting. After several days, the glue on the patch was dry enough to begin work on the painting front.
Here is the painting front. The rip edges came together very nicely. There is some discoloration, but this is normal.
You can see a closeup of the rip.
Here I am carefully cleaning the painting.Jan is a color matching genious: she mixed colors to match the paint on the portrait.
Our mixed paint was applied to the scar left by the rip.
After the first layer of paint.
Edge before paint.
There will be more paint applications over these same areas, once the paint has dried. Another area that can use our attention is the varnish. As you can see from this close up, the varnish has flaked off in large areas. This gives the painting a splotchy appearance. This often happens over time and will be easily fixed with a thin layer of varnish.