Even though parts of the picture are still just sketched in, I’ve begun applying the first layers of watercolor to the orchids. The basilisk, orchids, and frogs are all now inked, but I’m leaving the branches and vines for last. The first thing I’m using color for are the shadows in the orchids, which are mostly variations of lavenders and greens. Local color will be added later, along with all the intense, colorful spots and streaks. When the orchids are completed except for the final details, I’ll move on to the frogs.