this shows the steps I take in painting .. I use a thinned down mixture of generally umber or sienna w/ a medium brush, depending on the size canvas. I block in colors 2nd, then tweek details and let it dry somewhat, tweek somemore, fill in back ground complimentary to the painting or related to the photo .. like a sandy background behind this young man. when it is dry I spray varnish it for a low luster look. Lots of painters don't date their paintings, but I prefer to for myself..