it's only the undercoat; what I want to be able to scratch through to once I paint the real picture. so this is not crucial but it is good practice. I've never had a single painting class. I'm completely naive except for what I've learned on my own. I think a little reading at least might be a good idea. I wonder what the world wide web has to offer.
the really tricky part was keeping santiago from jumping into the middle of the canvas to chase the brush. I suppose if I were to make a habit of this an easel might be good but they are ridiculously expensive. I swear art supplies must be a racket. how they get people who make so little to spend so much is beyond me. I was looking up what I'd have to get if I wanted to learn to use encaustic and it would cost over $200 for five basic colors and one single heated spatula. some other time I guess.
I think I'll go read about other people's art until I fall asleep.