last time), I'm starting with the underpainting and then working my way up to the main draw. I think it's going pretty well. I've got lots of soft gel (semi-gloss) in there to get the layering effect.
After stretching the canvas myself, I applied three coats of gesso to it. I then added a layer of yellow ochre and naples yellow hue mixed in with soft gel (semi-gloss) applied with a 16 flat brush. Next was a layer of cerulean blue, chromium mixed and applied the same. Next came a layer of quinacridone violet mixed and applied the same. The final "wash" was naples yellow (by itself) mixed and applied the same. Then I did the border, which was light magenta and titan buff mixed with soft gel (semi-gloss) and applied with a 12 bright brush. Finally I tackled the brown framing of the border with burnt umber applied with a 1 round brush, no medium, and the internal framing using prussian blue hue (a Liquitex color!) with the same brush, also with no medium.