"Simplicity" and "Focused Practice" were my two goals for this round of critiques. I went after addressing them by pretty much just doing a bunch of focused practice while keeping it simple, looking to figure out how I can make surface more interesting than simply painting areas of the canvas until smooth. I set all the variables except for my gel medium(s) to constant, only using hansa yellow light straight out of the bottle. What I found was that the palette knife is actually a great way to get some interesting surfaces in, especially when done over a basic base of a simple wash (like I did before). Creating peaks in the surface in addition to layering provides complex, dynamic surfaces that can really add a lot to a piece, including depth and texture.
Going forward, I want to use the skills (including soft skills of greater patience and open-mindedness) in my next pieces, but also going back to my previously explored ideas of layering, subtraction and my signature arc-based charcoal mark. I feel as though if I don't think too much about it, and just dive in with my newly enhanced skillset, I can produce some cool art. I just need to actually do it. And that's something I can't wait to dive into as soon as possible.