I left off Sour Cherry (#2) with the cherries and leaves painted. Now my task was to add the tree branch and make sure that all the stems connected up logically.
This is the point when I need to step back and make sure that everything looks the way I want it to. The highlights on the cherries were too harsh, so I “tickled” the edges of the highlights with a damp brush and softened the edges. I also painted in the words and the border by painting clear water on the page and then touching in red, yellow, and green pigment which floated into the damp spaces. I erased any noticeable pencil lines. As a final step, I splattered the colors I had been using on the page. This tends to break up the stark white background and somehow draws the painting together when used judiciously.