So after a week of work, here is the chair with the base coat on it. I painted the inside of the back area with the darker purple that is in the fabric, and the chair surface in the lighter color.
I built up the top of the corners in the back with wood putty to support two ceramic finials I made in the studio.
Going to have to go back and sand them down and repaint, because they didn't sand down as smoothly as necessary.
After that, it's on to the fun part, painting on the critters.