So I decided to use that birch wood board for Edgar. I've been taking photos as I go, but I've been neglecting to post them. I'm such a slacker.
The biggest problem I was having was the paint kept reflecting funny in the photos, so today I tried a different lighting setup. That made everything a little blurry, but at least the background shows up without all the shiny now.
I'm posting a few versions to see it better. First, the whole space, as is:
Second, just the painting:
And third, a close-up of Edgar's face, which took the bulk of my time today: