I just had about an hour to work on this today and mostly what I did was darken the greens in the leaves and the browns in the butterfly. I finally opened my bottle of Van Dyke brown and I REALLY like it! Then I began to add detail in the lilac and part way through that I was once again reminded that this color is absolutely alone in this composition. So I added a bit of purple to the shadows on the bird and eggs and also just a hint around the roots of the seedling. I fooled with the frog for a while also.
So what’s next? And how to finish it? I’d like to add some gold, but am not sure how I want to go about that. Also, the edges where the background meets the turquoise border aren’t sharp. I masked them, but apparently didn’t press the tape down hard enough because the paint bled under. Or, maybe I didn’t use the right kind of tape. I’ll have to look into that. I could clean up these edges by making the turquoise border opaque or I could just leave them and enjoy the “deckled” look, or I could try to enhance that “deckled” look somehow. Or there are probably even other possibilities.
I was contemplating how, in nearly every piece, I reach the point where I say to myself “it would have really helped if I had planned this out a bit.” Yet I don’t ever seem to resort to pre-planning. I guess I could say that I’m honing my problem-solving skills. Ha ha.