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You all are so committed!

Moscatel, you have a wonderful understanding of paints. I'm really enjoying each piece you've done so far!

Maria, what a great little piece! The sky is excellent! Ideally, yes, the paintings should be Southwest/West, but the occassional exception is ok I suppose, especially since it will remain contained within this challenge thread.

Keep on painting, everyone!
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Your New Mexico rocks scene does look just like the terrain there! Fabulous work, Moscatel!
Maria, your scene with the tree is outstanding! What's not to like?

I did this one today...got lucky in that it is based on a ref in the Watercolor Studio monthly challenge, so could kill 2 birds with 1 stone (pun intended) and use it here for my daily duty



12.25 x 18.5 watercolor using a small slanted palette knife. Except for a brief light value manganese blue sky laid in with 1.5" flat brush, there are no pencil lines nor brushmarks in this rocky landscape. I did spritz with a water mister to make colors run and emphasized texure on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper. Total time was about 2 hours. Its title is "No Stone Unturned".
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Kay, this is fabulous! The colors, textures, and both the soft and crisp edges...it's amazing. Excellent work!
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Sandra, Maria, and Kay! Very creative work from all you yesterday!
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Kay, this may sound dumb but I didn't know you could paint watercolor with a pallet knife!
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Yes, Donna, it is possible and soooo much fun!
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Kay - I wondered about using a knife for watercolor too. A great piece - the rocks are amazing and I love the BG trees too.

Here's #2 for me. I struggled w the trees using a larger brush.

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Linda, you definitely got the spirit of that place, congrats!
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Linda, your painting is great! I would not have guesed that you struggled with the trees - they are very fluid and finely painted.
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#3 - Metolius River, Central Oregon

This one is another quick 6x8 oil on panel study done from a reference photo I took in 2011. There is some glare on the photo since the paint was still wet. I also included two more that were done yesterday, but I'm not counting them toward the daily numbers since they aren't as directly SW/West subjects, although they aren't that far removed either. The first one is Haleiwa Beach in Hawaii, a quick 6x8 oil study I did for a possible larger piece as a gift to my wife's sister and her husband. The other is a 7x10" watercolor of the back patio of a house that hosted a garden tour on Vashon Island near Seattle a couple years ago. Their garden was spectacular - this is just a small portion of the greenery. There are issues with all these, but for small and quick studies I'm reasonably ok with how they came out.





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Gorgeous paintings again! Loved your light house earlier too! #3 has a wonderful painterly touch.
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moscatel, your Rocks in News Mexico does look like home. Smile.

Maria, your dead cedar tree painting is very nice.

Kay, very nice of the rocks and trees. No Stone Unturned is excellent.

Linda, I do not see a struggle in number 2. Nice shapes on the trees, both the foreground and the background.

John, your deep forest scene is very nice. I like the water technique. Your Hawaii paintings are nice as well. Beautiful garden.

I still haven't started, sigh.....
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20x30 cm (8x12inches almost), oil on wood, "Oil pumps in Texas"

I wanted to paint an oil pump with hay bales That you don't see in many places in the Earth, I think. I used several references for this painting.



If you have ideas about this painting, please, I would like to hear. Personally I don't quite like the yellows in front. I don't think this yellow is the correct hue for the rest of the painting.
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moscatel, the white really looks like water and it works.

Maria, very good looking tree and in so small a piece with oil!!

Kay, wow, very nice effect. I didn't know one could use a knife for watercolor either. Have to try that. Thank you.

Linda, love the yellow and blue contrasts and gradations.

John, very sparkling water in the first piece. I like it.

Here are three. One for yesterday, one for today and one for tomorrow.

More practices on Franc Marz's work.

Raffine sketchbook 6x6 inch 100 lb
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Co-Mo sketch pad 5x7 inch 80 lb
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Pen Sketcher's sketchbook 70 lb 5.5 x 8.5 inch
Daniel Smith watercolor,Holbein oil pastel , Caran D'Ache Luminance color pencils and Dr Ph Martin Pen White ink

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Moscatel - Nice work on modeling the rocks in the first one since my last comment. And interesting juxtaposition of the oil pump and hay bales.

Maria - Good work in such a small format.

Kay - Marvelous color and thanks for the info about using a palette knife with watercolor; who wudda known?

Linda - Nice scene, I like the modeling of the mountains.

Sandra - Very nice group; my favorite is the saguaro landscape.
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