Instead of taking my own advice, I started to work with two pencils, the dark carbon, and the lighter ebony. Smudging happens. The above is a 9x12 drawing for a painting of the same size that I will complete tomorrow. I have been using the two pencils in my sketching walks. The results are more vibrant than could be attained with just one pencil.
One writer described Bonnard's paintings as "happy." I would say that they contain a deep joyousness, which is tempered by a sadness. Just look at Bonnard's self-portraits where he reveals the sadness. However, his colors and, even more, his compositions, reveal someone who deeply cared.