These are the four steps for my 7x5 inch color study for a larger work tentatively titled "Dappled Path."
1. Black acrylic on green Ampersand Pastelbord.
2. Light blue to block in the lightest areas.
3. Trying out a few colors
4. The finished color study.
This is the first step of the larger work (18 x 12 inches) on white Wallis: black Nupastel and a muted purple pastel. I keep the small color study beside me for reference. If you click to enlarge this image and the value foundation looks very blurry, it is because it really is - there are only a few hard edges or fully saturated areas of color at this stage.