I start on wallis board by Dakota with a basic drawing done with a Nupastel dark. I basically lay in my values and then lay over a thin coat of turpentine using a brush and let it dry. My hope in doing this is to stay to a value plan. I usually do a small value notan to start off. From the beginning to the end it is a play of colors and values. Oh how I love the color and fear it too. Pure pigments are strong and really depend on the color that sits beside it to create harmony. I do not blend. I would say that I build layer over layer to get the finished color and texture. So let me know what you think. When working alone in studio it is nice to call upon such a great group of artists for feedback.
To those of you who have been working out in snow and extreme temperatures, I say, "you are inspiring"... True Plein Air Painters!