I've decided to follow Laura's example and show my eggshells painting that I mentioned in the last post, as a work in progress, but do be aware, anyone who may take this as a step-by-step watercolour class, that it may go awry at any moment! I intended building layers of clean glazes to create subtle colour variations, but I already haven't been able to resist mixing some local colour and slapping it on. Above is the initial glaze of yellow ochre, with a little burnt sienna, with some shadow areas of burnt sienna with ultramarine mix. I lifted highlights out in places with a 'thirsty' brush and paper towel.
When that was completely dry I added more shadow washes, trying to vary them with the slight mauve and yellowish tinges I kept seeing. Those shadow/reflections in the foreground are really very dark against the plate and shells, so the next stage is taking some bold steps with a strong shadow mixture. I'm undecided whether to paint the plate as it is - an intricate cutout design around the edge, or leave it quite plain, which I probably should have thought about before I began. Any advice welcome!