(Hi.. I used to lurk and post on these forums but went away..Wet Canvas is a great site. This is a good thread. ..)
Linda.. lovely paintings. I especially like the Moose and Crane. Your use of greens is cool too - in the barn pieces and the patch where the Crane is standing. And your skies are beautiful too. All very good.
It was great that you did a straight comparison with your barn painting. That really highlights the differences.
I agree that Daniel Smith WC sticks are terrific far better quality than Caran d'Ache and other watercolor sticks/crayons. $8.49 is a better price than $12.49 - what DS charged for these until earlier this year. But Lyra and Caran d'Ache do offer an impressive range of colors. I wish DS offered a bigger watercolor stick palette.
The pigment in DS watercolor sticks is just as vibrant and dense as out of their conventional watercolor tubes. It's very very concentrated. A tiny bit goes a long way. I've had my sticks for at least 2 years and I am sure they will last at last 2-3 more. The Quinacridones and the Primatek colors are an especially good deal in stick form compared to the tube prices, e.g. Serpentine, Sodalite, Hematite, Piemontite.
The link below goes to a series of videos on the WC sticks (DS sponsored).. They are produced by an artist who uses the sticks in a lot of different ways some of which Linda pointed out. These videos may be of interest..just to see what else you can do with them.