Some days it's just so hard to get started. Once I'm into it, I'm fine.
Here's a chestnut leaf, one of my early graphites, for a study prior to vellum. I want to slowly get into this, trying to work the form. This new gesso board is wonderful, so smooth and not a pinhole in sight.
Besides starting with too rough a grit, there was a good deal of gesso loading with the sandpaper that was nearly impossible to free. Changing to sanding pads this afternoon provided better results. The pads do load up but a few slaps clear them right up. I'm using fine and extra fine grades that work nicely although I still will need to use 600 grit sandpaper for that truly smooth finish.
This is the time of year when the feeders stay filled. Hours after the first fill, the trees were abuzz with titmice, chickadees, and nuthatches. Sparrows, doves, and squirrels were positioned in place, ready to catch any dropped seeds. A pile of seed on the steps was quickly stored away by the resident chipmunks.