Another silverpoint on a blue ground:
Poverty, 2009, silverpoint on card prepared with blue-tinted gesso, 11" x 8.5".
The colored ground seems to supply the missing ingredient, so the lightness of the silver is less of a problem. I added the highlights with a white watercolor pencil I borrowed from my daughter. The lead was broken inside, so I wound up using just the broken tip of the pencil lead, held between thumb & index finger. It still worked. I think a white china marker might be the ideal way to do the highlights.