After using the charcoals on toned gray paper, we graduated to adding acrylic paint on watercolor paper. Bob thought my painting of the seated figure was very successful, but said I should soften and lower the line between dark and light background that is dividing the picture in half right at her elbow.
This afternoon, I visited the Art of the Carolinas Trade show at the North Raleigh Hilton. I came away with some replacement tubes of Holbein watercolor paint at half price, some toned gray paper, a casein spray which is supposed to protect all artwork without mounting under glass, and some new Pigma Micron black pens. I also got some 11 x 14 gallery-wrapped canvas for only $2.99 each. I had no problem finding parking, and the lines were not too long for checking out.