I decided to do the monochrome block in again. I used transparent red oxide and then added some ivory black to get the darkest darks. In the final painting, I made the left hand side a little darker in value, as it seemed to fade out of the picture. Adding some darker areas allowed everything to stay together.
We can learn a lot from each other in blogville. Carol Schiff's painting of green grapes made me think a lot more about adding dabs of reflective color. Also, looking at Tammy Hext's work and process with the palette knife has allowed my to be a little braver adding more knife work. I used it in the sky and to add a few dabs of reflections and pure color.