These were good exercises to get me to slow down and isolate some skills. I especially liked the color mixing with 2 cool and 2 warm colors; that was new to me. I'm going to do it again with different subjects like fish or sea urchins and different hues. It was achievable to paint the trees in varied water: pigment ratios, a useful reminder to keep it simple. I cut a Canson 140 cold pressed paper in quarters or halves for these exercises.
After I finished these I added background to one to practice precision, the sky in the tree branches.
I used a white oil pastel for the relief wood painting.
I thought the colors would blend more with each other. I used M Graham's Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, and Nickle Yellow.
My warm and cool hues were too much alike I think. But they don't look the same after scanning the images as they do on my table. I learned that adding the vase pulls the images together in a finish and I'll make some more images like this. I liked practicing cursive with a tiny brush. I learned that I need to do more practices like this, fairly quick, simple and so complete.
For my forest fade in I used a paper I had experimented on. I had soaked it and then dropped colors on it to explore how the hues would spread and mix. Then I let it dry. It made me think of Northern Lights and a snow covered mountain so I put some colorful trees on it and left spaces to represent snow.
My take away from these exercises is that it's fun to do small images and get done quickly. I can use these for cards or put them in the computer and use them in Adobe programs. Thanks for the activities!