Okie dokie. Success!

I mixed 4 liters of Arista Lith Developer 1:20 and used Foma Variant. The first exposure I tried was 40 seconds (the original silver print exposure was about 8) and got an ok image after 25 minutes in the developer, then I tried 60 seconds, better, and finally 80 seconds before I got the balance I wanted.

Development is an area that needs to be explored. I ended up putting in hot water to speed up the process since each was taking about 20 minutes before the snatch point. Wtf? Any hints here? Maybe strengthen the solution?

I really like the warm color and sharp grain, it's exactly what I was hoping for. I went ahead and did an 8x10 on 11x14 since I felt confident. Here's a shot: