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Apples and Plum

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. Of the paintings I gave away, it's the only one I deeply regret having done so.

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

Now for the 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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