1 Decide what colour ground you are going to use and block in the shapes
2. Put in some of your more dominant colours, trying to work on the whole picture at once
4. As I’m working on a dark ground, I need to establish where my focus will be and use lighter colours to put in the midtones and black or darker colours to get my dark tones
Final picture. There was a lot going on in this picture so I simplified the background and knocked back the group on the left so the focus was on the group of three in the foreground. I started with aubergine coloured paper as there was a lot of this colour in the shadows but I think I have lost the freshness of the fruit colours and would probably have been better to start with a lighter ground.