The Leslie Saeta workshop using palette knife was an inspiration. We used a limited set of paints (funny enough, the same 5 I used to use with Charlie Kello) and never touched a brush. This is the second piece we did (first was the dinghys) so I felt a bit more adventuresome. I really pushed the colors and temperatures. Enjoyed posting the progress on Facebook and getting a running commentary from my friends. The last thing we did was put in the background greens. I think that is the only thing I'd do differently. Even though I chose a green that went with the colors I'd used, I prefer to have at least the beginning of background on the canvas while I'm painting the rest so that I can make sure all the colors work together.
The other part of working with a palette knife is the total loss of inhibition regarding amount of paint on the canvas. I love working with thick paint, want to translate that over to my brushwork as well!