1st problem - DON'T DRAW IN CONTE CRAYON!!
2nd problem - MIX THE RIGHT VALUES!!
3rd problem - MIX THE RIGHT COLORS!!
4th problem - DO AN UNDERPAINTING!!
5th problem - USE MEDIUM IN THE OVERPAINTING!!
Part og the problem was that I was using colors that sat overnight in the fridge - I had cleaned off all the mixes but kept the tube colors on my palette. They were skinned over - had to peel that off (messy!) and they were still sort of partially dried and sticky as hell before I even began. Now I;m thinking when the airtight pill container comes in I need to test it with small dabs of color before committing to it entirely. In the end it might just be best to go ahead and waste a lot of paint in order to make painting better (or even possible).