Trying new techniques Inspires me. I love to look at art instruction books, there are as many ways to paint as there are artists. I was looking at Watercolor Without Boundaries by Karlyn Holman. In it she talks about dropping paint in different colors and mixing the paint on the paper. I tried this in Autumn (watercolor on paper 10.5"x14"). First I sketched the design onto the paper and protected the tree trunks with masking fluid. The colors I used were quinacridone gold, cadnium yellow light, and cadmium orange and cadmium red light. I used very fluid paint and just tapped the brush so the paint dropped out of the brush onto the paper. While the droplets were still wet I used a brush to move the paint around to join the puddles and allow the paint to mix. I also lightly sprayed water onto the paper to mingle the paint more. After the background was dry I removed the mask from the tree trunks and added some of the background colors in front of some trunks adding negative painting to suggest leaves. I also used some oxide of chromium to add greens. The red flowers are alizarin crimson and quinacridone magenta with clear water brushstrokes to suggest the shape. I created a grey mixture to define the tree trunks and a darker mixture for the bark. I used the same greys to create branches for the flower bush. I had so much fun with the first painting a created another version using the same colors and techniques. Autumn II is 22"x15" watercolor on paper.