Toning the canvas

      In this post you see the transition from drawing to painting.  I finished most of the drawing before opening any paint because I want this piece to be somewhat tightly rendered.  The first layer of paint is so thin that its more like a stain.  Toning the canvas in this way provides the foundation for a color scheme and clearly defines the regions of the design.  
      After drawing a few of the wheat stalks I had to replace the lead in my pencil.  I only had a hard lead on hand, so I used it.  After I had toned the canvas I found that the thinned paint washed away the hard lead lines.  This means that most of the heads of wheat are barely visible.  Not ideal, but not a big problem.  The top photo shows the finished drawing of the wheat area.
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