This piece is another of my still lifes that began without any preliminary drawing on the paper. I added a cup and saucer to this one and made the orange a very secondary, almost undeveloped element. The challenge in this painting was the reflections on a black saucer and white cup.
The first wash was done with a very light mixture of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. This mix has become my favorite for making darks and greys because of how versatile it is. It can become cool or warm depending on the proportions.
Once I had established the basic shape of the objects, I strengthened the wash mixture and began to establish value as well as shape.
Continuing to work with deepening value to create contrast I added the beginnings of color.
From this point I kept working in a single wet in wet session to complete the work.