In progress - June 24

This is the start of a larger (24x24 inches) painting. It's a pear semi-wrapped in aluminum foil sitting on a piece of silk damask.

I've some issues strengthening the underlying charcoal sketch with India ink - possibly because this canvas has a very well-cured lead white ground; the ink just beaded up on the surface. Instead, I used a thin application of oxide black paint. Worked like a charm.