Potomac River at Point of Rocks

We went for a short hike by along the river by Point of Rocks, MD. As an experiment, I thought it would be interesting to invent some lighting coming from the east and casting across the scene to approximate a sunrise. This was with lemon yellow, cadmium red light, ultramarine, and sepia. 

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Drawing with a brush

This is another sketch based on the trees out my back window that took just a few minutes. Trying drawing directly with a brush with Daniel Smith indigo on 90 lb Saunders Waterford paper. I got a big load of different papers earlier in the week and tore them down to 4×6 and 6×9. For watercolor I got some Saunders and Fabriano artistico, both in 90 lbs so I could have some good quality watercolor paper to sketch on and not worry about wasting paper. One $4.50 sheet can be torn down to 10 6×9 and 5 4×6 sheets. Great deal. For $2, you can do the same with Fabriano tiziano pastel paper, which is great for sketching as well. My goal for this year is to fit in sketching as much as I can. Finding time for longer term larger works will be difficult, hence the preference for toned papers and smaller value studies. Just looking for short cuts to cool looking works that can be a fun interlude. More on the other papers as I try them out.