AN EYE FOR DETAIL
Next, I added a layer above the blocked-in painting. I merged the wall and blue gradient layers to make a final layer above Phil. To add greater detail, I used my smaller light opac- ity brush and added more scribbles to the piece to bring the whole composition together.
I strategically planned the order of the final layers so I'd have the ability to make changes later. In my painting, the background was in the second layer, and the scribble blending was on top of it. This was an ideal setup, in case I wanted to change the background or go back and use another method of blending the main portrait. I like to keep my options open, as tomorrow is another day and brings a new way of looking at things.