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Rafa, thank you. What you're pushing yourself to do is one of my aims. My other aim being that I want to discover what media I enjoy using the most through this.
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Great to see you starting to introduce more tonal range. Keep at it!
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Munin, thank you.
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In September we went to the Sequoia National Park and I took a couple of photos there that I wanted to turn into artwork. I started that with watercolor pencils and felt watercolor calling me.

Last weekend I went out to Monastery Beach to do some plein air.



This was done with Cotman paints on Canson Watercolor paper (I have since gotten the sample packs of artist-grade watercolor paper I ordered a while back). The size is about 4.5x5 or 4.5x6.
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Since I got the sample packs of artist-grade watercolor paper, I've played around with watercolors, trying to practice different techniques.

A few days after the sketch at the Monastery Beach plein air painting, I did a quick lunch sketch.


This was done with Derwent Watercolor pencils on either Strathmore Mixed Media paper or Canson XL Watercolor paper. The fun I had doing this little sketch first got me doubting if I really like using watercolors more.

One day when we were sitting at a cafe I had my watercolors with me. I saw the autumn trees in a distance.


This was done with Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolors on Canson XL Watercolor paper.

One time when I was tired of practicing watercolor techniques, I used my watercolors to do a copy of one of Monet's paintings. Here is my attempt at it:



At the end of the year we went on a ski trip to Yosemite National Park. Not being a fan of downhill skiing, I spent the day painting. Here are the two paintings I did that day:




These two were done using Cotman paints (that I had put into the Mont Marte Folding Palette) on Lanaquarelle paper. When painting on the rougher side, it is definitely not my favorite paper.
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For New Year's my brother gave a big set of different paints from Michaels. These were all Artist's Loft and the set contained oil paints, acrylic paints, and watercolor paints. I surprised myself with the quality of my oil and acrylic paintings.

Here is the better of the oil and acrylic paintings:



This was done on a Jack Richeson panel. It is still sitting on top of our piano drying. When it is fully dry it will definitely become a birthday present for someone. Question for all of you that have used oil paints in the past: for the quality of the paints used, do I absolutely have to get it varnished?

This painting made me realize how much fun filbert brushes were to use. I am now thinking that if I stick with watercolors for plein air, filbert brush is definitely going to be one of my purchases. I think when I'm doing plein air my style of working tend toward impressionistic and I think few brushes give that effect better than filberts. It might be my inexperience, but that's how I feel.

My experience doing that oil painting got me thinking about doing more drawing practice. Now that the weather isn't suited to plein air, I am thinking of going back to my graphite pencils and getting back into sketching.
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Really like these, especially the watercolor stuff. Inspires me to do a bit more than just sketching with pencil all the time.
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Trying again, thank you.
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