5.5 x 8.5" Canson Sketchbook
When I really linger over a painting, as I did this one, adding one color wash over another, sometimes for about an hour afterward, I see more nuanced color and shadows everywhere I look. For instance, while I might normally see just a couple of shades of blue in our backyard perennial garden, after painting I might see a half dozen. The phenom doesn't last long, but it's the most amazing experience. I love those temporary bursts of super-power-vision with watercolor eyes!
An aside: I've taken the challenge issued by Marc Taro Holmes, one of my favorite art bloggers (Citizen Sketcher) and one of my favorite online watercolor instructors (see Craftsy), to create 30 "direct watercolor" paintings in 30 days during June. ("Direct w/c" means no ink or pencil.) This image is from the third day. As you can see, I did cheat with a little pencil.