Thank you all for your kind comments -- and also for your thoughts about painting and sketching. I was reading this morning when the word 'expressive' hit me ... perhaps, as suggested also by Mistress of Longears, that what I'm craving is that 'spontaneous' approach versus a more photorealistic approach -- or maybe just that expressiveness that moves from technique to artistic.... ? Something more to ponder.
In any event, as I mentioned yesterday, I sketched these mushrooms in pencil, followed by some pen work -- and then when I got home last night, I finished with the watercolor. I felt much freer to splash on the paint ....and to me, this is more of a 'sketch' for some reason ... perhaps even more 'illustrative' than 'painted?' ...
I'm still not sure ... and for now I think I'll just keep painting/sketching and as also suggested yesterday "just let it happen!" LOL
Again, my humblest gratitude to your kind comments and suggestions!