Working on the horses.... I always start from the back and work forward. I also put in a lot of details in the first layer. I used to just do a quick wash of general color first... but I am not a patient person! I just can't wait to see the painting emerge. So, now I skip that first layer! I was not taught to paint this way. But you know, it's my painting! This layer takes a little longer to do, but it is much more rewarding in the end.