Here's a quick progress shot. I've been trying to keep the small brushes at bay as well as applying large washes that take a bit of time to dry. What I've been doing instead is utilizing more of the scumbling/ dry brush application. I've been using mostly a filbert and a flat brush. I'm still using a fairly thin wash and gradually adding darker and darker washes. The texture of the background is also a good opportunity for a looser brushy application.
Today I actually picked up a no 6 round brush and did some refining on
the drifting smoke. I'll try to keep the small brushes to a minimum
until the end but you know...stuff happens. Every now and then I need
my fix ;)