Beginning a small painting. Still life set up with light for shadows and highlights. I am going for the strong values, so a light helps. Using a small canvas (8" x 10" here) I draw out the set up, as carefully as I can. Struggle with the drawing. Richard Schmid says that this is critical as a backbone, that many painting problems are actually drawing problems. I won't be able to actualyy "see" many of the drawing problems until the masses get on the canvas, but I try for a good drawing. I just use pencil, then spray (outside) with a workable fixative to avoid getting the graphite into the paint.