above - before and after
....and I am still not at the painting stage. Looks like this may turn into a Spring project. I have decided I am going to approach the painting stage using a method known as Grisaille (pronounced "gris-eye" - which I think translated from French means "grey tones." The technique was first used in the 15th century and Leonardo daVinci was well known for employing this technique in many of his masterpieces. The 'underpainting' is completed by painting it first in shades of grey. Then color glazes are applied over top layer by layer. The Mona Lisa was created using this method. For me, it will allow me to enter into the 'painting realm' in a controlled fashion and in a way that I feel comfortable.