I just started a new painting. The weather is so horrible that I have decided to use that as my inspiration. I usually use black gesso as my first coat. To add texture I follow the black gesso with a layer of molding paste. I then wait a day to dry and continue adding either more molding paste or gel medium of some kind. I continue to build the painting before starting to add color. The colors of this painting will be different hues of green with oranges, yellows and I want to add interference paint. Well at least that is what I plan on painting. Usually I start with one color and let the painting dictate the out come of the piece. I start with an inspiration and colors that I plan on using. Starting is always the toughest part of a painting however once the painting has been started it usually takes a life of its own. I am very excited about this one. I plan on completing it tomorrow or the day after. We'll see the outcome.