photo of second stage of still life oil painting by Rita Romero.After the preliminary under painting has dried, it is time for the next stage. This is usually referred to as the “dead layer”. This refers to the stage that was used by the old dutch masters where they emphasized the lightest areas with white. These areas will support the color layers to produce the luminosity in those areas. This stage took another two hours.  As you can see, the painting has taken on more dimension already. This layer will be left to dry. The next step will be the first color layer.