a layer of gesso (actually way too much gesso was put down and I had to pull a lot off. I was trying to keep the leg in the left corner and the vessel/urn in the lower right corner. I also wanted to keep the gazebo in the center. Still didn't have any "theme" in mind.
I added red tissue paper and a paper napkin. Voila, a theme emerged. The red tissue reminded me of an umbrella. Walking in the rain in Paris ... Hence the journaling:
Make art with reckless abandon but don't search for treasures in Paris without an umbrella and a good pair of walking shoes.
This was a fun exercise in collage and paint with no determined purpose and with reckless abandon.