I Had made a homemade surface last fall for winter-time indoor work. You know, on those days when you aren't up to really creating, you can experiment with products for making surfaces to paint on. I used a heavy archival piece of foamcor, measured out my size, then taped the edges. I thin brushed acrylic gesso inside the taped off shape, let that dry, and gave it a second coat. Then I mixed some gesso , water, and dry pumice together and painted that on with a foam roller. I let that dry, and spent all winter contemplating what to use it for!! It did turn out to be highly sanded, so to speak. This week I decided to try a full scene of this years fall color looking up Hope valley, west to east. First I gave it a watercolor underpainting----I think I should of gone darker at this stage. Then I began my first blocking in with the harder pastels.