First of all, apologies for the big copyright in the middle of the pictures, but hopefully it will act as a deterrent to theft. Probably not.
That said, I have been working a lot on just thinking about painting, and how to do it without creating a big mess. Patience and mindfulness and focus are necessary. These are not my virtues.
I’ve been looking at videos, re-reading books, and reviewing palettes and formulae for colors. I have also been working on drawing and brushwork. Sumi-e does help, as the movement of the brush, even with color, still plays an important part in creating a painting.
There are other tools for painting as well. I used some watercolor pencils for fine lines, as seen in the onion. I used pencil drawing to lay the foundation of the nude.
Some progress has been made.