Last night I peeled the paper off the puzzle and painted a thin white coat to seal the cardboard. Today, I started with this:
I started with a limited palette - only four colors. This gave me a a range of colors that I knew would work together.
I painted the pieces separately, only trying to balance the colors across all of the pieces, not worrying about much else. They ended up like this, but it was lunchtime, so I paused.
After lunch, I started on a second layer - I added white and black, and started adding details and layering colors on top of other colors.
It still needs work - the colors aren't balanced and I don't think I've added enough detail. I'll keep working on it.
What do you think?