As you can see from my work in progress, I painted right over the Burnt Umber stage. I looked at my black and white picture printed from my lazer jet printer. (I know you mighta' thought I painted this from my imagination...nope!)
To get the dead layer I mixed Ivory Black with Prussian Blue, Yellow Ochre, and Burnt Umber for what is known as an "optical black," (which is not really black, but more of a really dark blue). I mixed an equal amount of Titanium White, with Flake White. I then mixed these two combinations together on my palatte. I painted darkest areas first, then light and then mid-tones and blended it with a "dry" brush.
For the record, I do not like the composition of this picture.