The underpainting is dry, so I can begin to paint! These are the colors I usually have on my palette. They are, from left to right:
lead white, naples yellow light, naples yellow dark, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium orange, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, cobalt blue, viridian, transparent ochre, raw sienna, burnt sienna, and raw umber.
In the container, I have some alkyd glaze medium which I mix into the paint to make it transparent for glazes. As you can see, I wear gloves to protect my hands from the paints, some of which are toxic, and all of which are messy.
I always start in a very simple manner, just trying to indicate the local colors of objects, without too much detail. Here I’ve made a first guess at the color of the box. It’s impossible to judge colors correctly until the adjacent areas also are painted. As I progress, I’ll keep making corrections as I can compare one area to another. For the decanter, I’m making my first stab at seeing and painting the reflections, which are very complex and hard to make sense of at first. Eventually, as I get more of the shapes and colors in the right places, I’ll be able to see and add more detail. I’ve put down a dark glaze over the cloth in the upper part of the painting to make it easier to judge the values of the adjacent areas. I’ll glaze the rest of the cloth later. I didn’t want to put the glaze in on the bottom yet, because I was resting my hand on the canvas, and didn’t want to smear it.
Above you can see the local colors of the background painted in. I’ve indicated the shadows in slightly darker values. These areas will be glazed over later to make them even darker. I discovered that my drawing of the shadows wasn’t quite right, so I corrected the shapes.
Above, I’ve started to paint the basket. After all of my careful observation and drawing, I found that it wasn’t too hard to see the shapes. I did find it hard to judge the colors, though. As I said, it’ll be hard to see these correctly until I get more paint down. For now, I do the best I can, judging the correct values by dabbing a bit of paint onto my black-and-white study, and the hues by giving it my best guess. I’m sure I’ll go over most areas again, correcting, always correcting!
I’ve put a dark glaze over all of the cloth now. As I mentioned, I did this now so that I could more easily judge the values of the other objects. I’ll eventually paint the cloth over in a covering layer of paint, so I can model the forms of the cloth wet-in-wet. When that dries, I will then add glazes to show the darker areas and the shadows, and scumbles of whites to indicate the highlights.