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Apples and Plum

Updated: Aug 23, 2020

This is not the first painting I made following the layering technique, but it's the first I documented the progress of. I followed a blog by Bill Martin, and I'm quite pleased with the results, although the green background could have been better.

Loose drawing to start with, as always, but trying to capture already shadows and light areas. Colours for the first layer:

  • Raw Umber

  • Paynes Grey

Medium: "Lean"

First layer completed:

Then moved on to a black and white grisaille (Paynes Grey and Lead White):

First colour layer - could not resist showing these "emerging" from the grisaille here below. Note that after this layer I did not touch the fruit any longer.


  • Emerald Green

  • Permanent Green light

  • Cobalt Blue hue

  • Cadmium Yellow pale hue

  • Lead White


  • Burnt Umber

  • Japanese light

  • Cadmium yellow pale hue

  • Cadmium Red deep hue

  • Lead White


  • Phthalo Blue

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Permanent Rose

  • Lead White

Medium: "Medium"

Second colour layer on the fabric:

  • Emerald Green

  • Permanent Green light

  • Cobalt Blue

  • Raw Umber

  • Titanium White

  • Paynes Grey

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