I put down my first wash of indigo blue over the raw umber under painting. In order for the wood grain to show through, all of my glazes have to be transparent. The top will get darker and the bottom will get lighter to create the contrast I want. It will get bluer, but I want the colors to remain faded. I typically paint my character first and then do the background around them, but for some reason, I’m working backwards on this one. Oil on birch panel.