STEP 1 - Initial Colors
About only a few hours I had covered much of the canvas - (I always feel so productive at the beginning of a painting!)
STEP 2 - More Color, Soft Edges
The paint was kept quite thin, because I wanted the initial golden tone to poke through the layers and provide a unifying overall warmth to the painting. The other thing to be aware of is that I kept a soft edge around the subjects, so that it would be easier to blend them into the background. It's a lot easier to make a hard edge out of a soft one than to go the other way around.
Next Up. . . Step 3 - More Color, Resolve Background