This is an oil sketch (from a photo reference) painted on black gessoed paper. About half way through it I was thinking--man, this is an uphill battle...(the black gesso sucked up the paint, making it a different painting experience)...In the end I've decided to chalk it up to as a valuable experiment. It was kind of fun to think some of this out "in reverse".
(Here's how it started out):
(Top photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, Street thug, oil on gessoed paper 11 x 14