Thank you, Mike. I value your comments. The two paintings you mention are two of my most recent plein airs and I guess it shows that I am growing. Thanks for the encouragement. I look forward to viewing future paintings that you post.
Going back and forth keep it fresh is exactly what I am talking about. We seem to be very much on the same page. I get burned out after awhile and need a break. But instead of just "not painting" or reading a book or some other activity, switching mediums does it for me. It demands a whole new set of perimeters and priorities in the way you approach a painting. The demanding way we need to isolate the white paper in watercolor is the exact same thing I like about pastel surprisingly enough. Although it is more like oils in that you can work positive or negative using opaque pigments, in pastel I like to pick a paper color sympathetic to the subject and leave clean paper as much as possible, often being part of the focal point, as gray paper being the shadow of a white object.
Donald, For me drawing is the way I relax between oil and watercolor. I like using conte, charcoal, pencil, felt pen... anything I can find. I have a little set of 18 crayons which are really fun to use.... they are so limiting that they are good tools for making what you draw count.
. I have always been tempted by those luscious pastel colors... maybe next Christmas!
Sorry to have not gotten back to you on this till now. I don't check my wall very often I guess. I usually get emails sent directly. I have never had a problem with the invite thing. I'll be your just doing something wrong, but I couldn't guess at what that would be. I suggest, if you have their emails, then just send an email with a link.