Here’s a before and after shot of how the first layer of the foliage is going down onto the canvas. First I’ve painted the leaves in grey so that the green has a light surface to lay on, or the next layer of transparent Sap Green would simply disappear against the dark background. It’s reading a little too bright, but I expect to see that drop back a bit with the addition of a layer of yellow and some opaque green, finished with a little edging of my favorite Iron Oxide Red, which will tie the leaves to the coat, balancing the palette of the painting a little better. The roses around the caput mortem are particularly bright now, obviously they will drop in value with a similar treatment to those above.
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