Mary, thanks for the compliment
Is there any way to get around having to put the gesso on? It just sort of seems like a hack to me, and too much work before the work.
Next time around I'm going to draw .... lightly .... everything onto the surface and then work from back to front with the color .... something I learned on some oil pastel website yesterday.
I'm also thinking of trying something really loose or 'impressionistic' (if I even have a clue what that is, lol) .... though my personality is a controlling one. Might not work.