Thank you so much for sharing your experience and journey as an artist. I am not sure how much the Chief has helped and how much is your willingness to experiment and learn.
I have never used gesso before, just worked on water colour paper, and this has opened my eyes to a whole new world of “pushing pigments” around.
Above is a link to a digital resource that is, I think, your wonderful Gould League book.
I am totally inspired. Not sure where this will take me but certainly another look at the water based mediums.
I love the little wren – perfect for the spot