Stargazing imprimatura wash in vine black. Erased while wet with brushes, baby wipes and mostly fingers. All values are too dark to start with so when dry I will scumble all with white to lighten. 55x95cm. Oil on canvas.
Then I needed a layer to lighten. titanium + zinc white plus aluminum hydrate (like chalk or marble dust - to make more transparent without using tons of oil medium - I used walnut and as much alum hydrate as it would hold).
I still need my white stars. I will probably add another whole lightening layer before moving to color. The boy will be in thick paint, the background in glazes.