Being a dark colour, fortunately, it dried quickly so this part was quick (as quick as an anal artist could find it) I worked in the white after the darker colors were complete....it takes a whole lot longer to dry and there is more chance of smooshing white all over the place ... (like always get covered with blue paint even when the darn tube is capped....whats with that???....or finding spinach in your teeth when all you've eaten is a jub-jub!)
At this point, I was standing away from the painting a lot to ensure I've managed to capture the perspective, colors and shades and was going from one thing to another to correct and fill in as they came to my attention.
(I once painted an entire penis and only realized it once a fellow artist started laughing and I took a few steps back to actually SEE the picture)
Because thin layers were used throughout, a week's drying time was adequate for me to cover in a thin gloss varnish. I love using varnish as it enhances the color of your painting, especially if, like me, you are not a colorist.
Happily, my secretive client really loved her painting and a day later, I received a few more to do.