The wash is still showing through after I put the first layer of paint on over it. To me, this is what makes this way of painting so interesting. Each step of the way is a distinct process resulting in a distinct interpretation. I’m (almost) always really delighted after I’ve laid on a coat of color and could (almost) stop right there and consider the painting finished except for the fact that I am unable to make myself stop so early in the game.
The watercolor-like look of the early stages is quite appealing on its own, but has a flat feel to it. I personally prefer more depth, which will gradually appear as more layers are added.