Still doing much more thinking and planning of this painting than actually painting. Yesterday in class I had my students do a value study with the focus on the darkest darks. After the photo was traced, they used a Tombow pen (archival watersoluble ink) to draw in the darkest darks. Then touching the drawn ink with a wet brush, they pulled out the blacks and greys and left the whites pure. So that's what I did with my morning leaves painting - a good value study. Here is the photo in black and white and the photo traced onto watercolor paper and drawn into with the black Tombow pen.
Next, water is touched into the blacks and edges to draw out the darkest darks and the medium values...
At this point, too many pure white areas so you bleed out a bit more of the darks (the bleeding ink sometimes goes blue-grey and sometimes it turns a bit green-grey in color).
This is on a fourth sheet of Arches 140# watercolor paper - cold press.
Now, this is what I want the watercolor painting to look like, only in color.
I think this value study will help me get there when I put down more color...and I see where I've messed up in the full sheet drawing so...start again? Or just roll with it?