And so the game began, last of the season, and I felt like I was in top form. I pitched a near perfect game! Let me explain...it was the last figure session for the drop-in group that I attend. I'm feeling let down about that, as one feels about all good things that must end. Yes, we'll be back again in September, but there will be a time lapse. So I was happy that I felt I was in good form as I drew today. My sketches on newsprint paper using alternately a charcoal pencil and a china marking pencil seemed to find just the right way to lay themselves out on paper. Those were 15 minute poses. The others, painted with liquid acrylics, followed with longer periods of time for the model's poses, usually a half hour. The drawings where I stopped while the work I was doing was still understated were the best. This one, below, was the first one I did that was a longer pose, and also the first one I did on toned paper today. It's best when I can get the essentials onto the page, back up the drawing with contrast, supplied by painting the darker negative spaces to create the sense of dimension, and "get out". I added some of the other new drawings to the slide show on the page of my website entitled "Portraits and Figures", as you see listed in the site map to your left on this page.