In search of a good way to develop a theme with the elements the project requires rather than getting somebody else’s I found a bare bones theme called BONES that has only the essential files WP needs. This is an article on Making a Theme in Bones, a tutorial on tuts+. And the Github project page with the files right here
Preprocess THIS… for future reference this article about Preprocessing CSS, where the idea is to write soemthing like a samll CSS page for the main and larger CSS document for the entirewebsite. The idea being that colors, type, sizes can be created in this other document and referenced instead of repeating all those details over and over again through the document.