Step 1: I colored my Ampersand gessoed board with a thin, turpy wash of permanent rose then let it dry for about 30 minutes next to an electric heater in the studio. The only drawing I do is with a brush....there is no preliminary pencil drawing. I 'knock in' the basic lines then correct them as I'm painting. If it were up to me, I would have called this preliminary oil sketch 'finished' and framed it as is. There's something about oil sketches that I really like.
Step 2: Background color. I usually consult my color wheel, often choosing a complementary color (opposite on the color wheel) which in this case would have been blue-green or thereabouts. But I was curious how the bun would look with an analogous background color (colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel). Bleh. I didn't like it so wiped it off.
Step 3: I settled for a purple/blue with a bit of green added, so the background is almost a complementary color to the rabbit. I don't like painting cute as it is almost as bad as doing a painting to match someone's couch...but there's no way of painting a baby bun without it being cute, especially when painted as a portrait.
Step 4: The finished painting, framed. (the frame is not quite this shiny) When it is completely dry, I'll add a few highlights to the bun, that are the same color as the frame and a few other bright highlights, such as a stronger pink on the ears. I call this 'crossing my t's and dotting my i's'.
Step 5: A title. I'm still working on it!