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Painters talk about happy accidents. I painted this and accidently got a drop of staining green on the white background, . ruined it! &. wouldn't come out.. so, like any inventive painter who wants to save their work, I wet, carefully, around the raffia and laid in a paynes gray and indigio background letting it seep in the wet areas.. Then, to make the red-parts of the asparagus stand out, I wet the other side and, working around the raffia, I charged the paper with a combination of colors to get the right shade. Problem solved with a more interesting and dramatic result. Happy me. (asparagus was easier to eat than paint!)
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