WIP - Hat Trick - Update # 2

Contemporary realism painting of cowboy hats I have been slowly working away on this painting.  Learning with every step I take.  I found the clear gesso to be really useful.  The sanded surface was so slick and the gel/paint mixture I layered initially well resisted anything I wanted to paint over it.  The next step will be the hats and then I will call it done.  I have to resist going any darker on the boards - I do not want the underpainting of burlap to be lost.