Warm air from the south has arrived in the Hudson Valley. The last remnants of winter have nearly vanished, except for one small pile of snow at the end of my neighbor's driveway.
I open my sketchbook to a page that is pre-painted with blue tones. The blue color is casein: titanium white mixed with cerulean blue. I allow it to dry for a couple of days so the paint surface is closed. The blue will serve nicely as a complementary base for a picture in browns and oranges.
Here's what the surface looks like when I start. I sketch in the lines with a reddish-brown water-soluble colored pencil.
I don't hesitate to cover up the lines of the underdrawing. I can find everything again with the brush.
Ralph Waldo Emerson writes about "the fire, vital, consecrating, celestial, which burns until it shall dissolve all things into the waves and surges of an ocean of light."
Here's a detail about as wide as the "shift" key on your computer. Those highlights on the car were blinding.
See, I'm squinting! You can scroll back up to see the final painting.
I'm using Winsor and Newton gouache
and Richeson casein