But, you can see I started to get very chalky colors and went very opaque much too soon. I only made it worse after I took this photo. So, what can I do? Spend hours trying to fix it?....Nope
Starting over always makes me a little uncomfortable. I begin to doubt myself and worry. However it is the best decision to make. Just like when a child falls off a bike, the first thing we grown-ups say is " get right back on". We artists need to take our own medicine every now and then.
Painting on a masonite panel has benefits and challenges. The paint goes on but the smooth panel makes the brush slide across the surface. One advantage is being able to pick out hightlights or remove paint. That is how I went after the details. I used a charcoal blending stub to remove the paint.
SOLDI set this up to try painting the design in the cloth. It was a challenge to find a way to paint it but in the end I am happy with it. I know there are many ways to paint an object but how we decide to do it and what we feel comfortable with is what makes our art unique.