Is it really necessary for you to continually suffer through the arduous process required for me to gain competency in Painter?
Yes. Yes, it's necessary.
Because I have to do something every day you get the good, the not-so-good, and the "Be patient while I try and learn something newish."
In keeping with the traditions of the latter... I think I might have landed on a good start here. I played around with the gouache brush tonight.