I have been slowly working away on this painting. Learning with every step I take. I found the clear gesso to be really useful. The sanded surface was so slick and the gel/paint mixture I layered initially well resisted anything I wanted to paint over it. The next step will be the hats and then I will call it done. I have to resist going any darker on the boards - I do not want the underpainting of burlap to be lost.