As promised, finally posting the beginnings of this current work. And yes, I have been at work on it for the last several days and yes, it may not look like an awful lot has gone on . . . but, that would be a faulty assumption! Lots of layering so far to get the intensity of darks and lights and mixtures of textures. And trying to be careful about possibly smudging so I am working on different areas of the piece.