Some more work on this one, darkening, shaping, blending...
I've decided I do not like Indigo by Daniel Smith - it's mixed with Lamp Black and it looks so flat and ugly when it dries. Time to retire that one and move on (Sandy M. said Indigo by Winsor Newton does not have black in it so may try it).
I worked more on it in class Tuesday, slowly building up color/value, and putting in dark background color (mixing the Indigo with Indanthrone and French Ultramarine Blue so it's not so flat). Will share that stage (3) later.
When I was at a point on it that I should stop and think more about it, I worked on the little piece of Indian paper Leslie brought each of us. She gave each person who showed up Tuesday morning a piece (she didn't know what it was called - just paper made in India). It was very absorbent, but fun to try to work out the kinks - paint and water sinks into the paper quickly so you get no time or no chance to blend well. Which means you have to work fast and wet. You can lift a bit but not much. So, in order to bring back some texture and lights, I added white gouache here and there and I kind of like it. From a photo in the Wet Canvas Image Reference Library by a member who calls herself Wendee.
Wendee's photo on left.
My painting on right (as if you couldn't tell)! Done without any drawing, just drew with the red paint to begin and then added the other colors.