STEP SEVEN PAINTING & RETURN TO TRADITIONAL MEDIA
Paints are mixed based on the color key. A mixture of materials are used in the painting, each for their unique qualities: Daniel Smith Primatek watercolors for their granulation/texture, Holbein watercolors for their smoothness/vibrancy, and Holbein gouache for more opaque areas.
I begin with messy washes of Daniel Smith watercolors that bleed into each other. Early on, it is apparent that the cyan color that had been planned for the earrings won't work. I decide to leave this area blank until the end in order to make an intuitive decision.
At the point, there is no variance in process other than the many hours that will be spend rendering to bring it to completion.