I began with a cradled canvas panel and applied 3 coats of gesso, WET sanding in-between each layer. On top of that smooth surface I drew the sketch. Next I applied a coat of acrylic matte medium which created a nice texture with the graphite.
Next I began with oils.
This was the first pass.
And below is the finished piece. A wonderful patron bought it within the hour which for me, makes all the hours spent on the painting so worthwhile...to know that someone out in the world connected with something I created is so fulfilling.