Stage 2 - painting the background
Working wet on wet (not waiting/allowing the oil paint to dry but blending the edges), I work on my background. You can see a lot of the raw sienna + burnt sienna underwash peaking through especially at the top of the trees. I am not sure if I will leave all of that showing, but at this stage I am not ready to paint over it.
The background has been kept in cool tones. I think this will make the sunlit cat stand out. The very beginning of the near snow has been painted. I may take out the snow just to the right of his neck and let the upper part of his back be against the dark tree background. Another decision I will leave for later.