I was given a 6"x8" piece of plywood coated with homemade gesso and sanded. ( Thanks Jacek!) It is an amazing sensual surface to work on.. (an artist knows the feeling) Used a 4H pencil. Started at the bottom and worked my way up..Then I put a few light color glazes on top of the graphite painting to see what would happen..The medium I used, Neo Megilp (Gamblin) is shiny and has dried hard. As always experimenting with depth in color. Unfortunately, it is impossible to photograph accurately. I think the camera must read "LIGHT!!" and doesn't know what to do.. more likely that I don't.. Did a little adjustment in iphoto, but couldn't duplicate the original. Interesting project!