Starting with the background today, I have laid in a very thin wash of Dick Blick Sepia and Cerulean Blue mix. I used an odorless thinner to give the paint better flow and keep it lean for the next layer that will end up going on top of this layer. I did this so that I will have a good dark to judge the rest of my darks and lights against. The linen canvas already was a yellowish tint, but I wanted to be sure and not get my color mixes too dark as I progress. Many times I will tone my canvas ahead of time with a gray tone.