OK, bear with me on this post. Something is wrong with photobucket, as it won't let me upload anything. It is not the first time, but the timing is very bad, since I promised you all this post tonight!
We'll see how this works.
So , at this stage in the painting, I had set up everything for my weathering powders. They can be very tricky to use. They are also very messy and toxic, as they are essentially pastel dust. As a pastel painter, I know only too well how transient they can be, and nasty on the eyes and lungs!
I have learned that you have to do the application in stages. And keep lots of rags and paper towels on hand!
A few images showing the initial layers, applied with a bigger brush...
I had three shades of powder... a rust color, brown and soot black. I love to mix them together. The black and brown go very well in a mixture.