Carrie Holst had a great idea - since I'm struggling a bit with my big paintings that I want to keep more painterly and less copyist (as Joan Sandford-Cook coined that term), go back and do small studies to loosen up and maybe bring out the colors that way. She did suggest doing a high key, low key - but I didn't go for that. Just went for seeing the colors and then playing them up a bit more without referring back to the photo.
So here's what I have - 4 small watercolor studies or sketches (whatever you want to call them) - all about 7.5" x 11"
All added in the order they were painted (first on top, last on the bottom).
Got a bit muddied and overworked on this one due to the fact that I put in people much too large - unless they were Yellowstone Giants - and then smooshed them out again and tried again = not a good idea when going for spontaneity and fresh-looking work.
But even with this one, they all look more painterly than the large full sheet I did. So...now time to go back to the full sheet and let 'er rip?!?
Made this one a more summery looking scene in this one so played with the Ultramarine Turquoise in the sky and ground/water. Of course, it became more like a bridge over a stream but that's okay, too.
And finally - I think we are going to get rain - real rain, not the weak 5 minute drizzle we got the other day.