Once the background and the sides of the canvas are covered with paint, I set it aside to dry. This can take a number of hours or a full day depending on the thickness of the paint.
When I need some relaxation time, I grab the canvas, now completely dry, and paint what I see.
In the case of "Tidal Pool Ballet", I saw two symmetrical circular patterns.
With "Blowin' in the Wind", I saw a quilt of leaves moving in the breeze with several ravens flying by.
Last night, I started with another green background and ended up seeing something a bit more complex. I have not traditionally done landscapes or nature scenes of any kind. However, this method seems to invite whimsical dances with the natural world, not based on a picture or even a real life scene, but rather my inner world: memory, feeling and dreams. I'm calling this latest one "Enchanted Trail".
The next workshop we do will explore this method. I can't wait.