Lin, that's awesome work, though the close up ones have a blue cast to them, even so that landscape/seascape is gorgeous, I can see the true colours in the ones taken from a distance, must be something to do with settings on your camera? If you have a photo manipulator software you can adjust the colour cast.
Have you tried clear gesso as it gives a gritty surface, ideal for the oilies and saves a lot of messing about with adding grit.
Tammy you are doing just fine, that's a great little butterfly.
Doobi, What do you mean by you tried to paint the garden door, you did paint it and you painted it beautifully.
Sandra, nice colourful little sketches, is that a man and a dog in the first one I see?
Steve, Gorgeous butterfly, lots of good detail for such a tiny painting. I have a set of filias, they're not bad for cheapies but I find the colours low in chroma, but then those subdued colours can come in quite handy at times.
Thanks everyone for taking part, apologies for not being around more too, connection is such a pain right now.
Hal me too, no notifications on the threads, and had to and alter my options on notification of PM's as the blessed thing kept popping up all the time even though I'd answered the mail. strange things going on at WC.