Moving along now. You can see the "file" of colors (recipes for dyes mixes and silk types) to the right of the flowers. This will be my first study of the poppies that bloomed in my garden last spring. (This season's poppies are all about an inch high and weather permitting, should be beautiful in April-May).
Here is a watercolor study of a colt working with the backwashes of lots of water and the juxtaposition of warm/cool colors to give the illusion of shine and form. If you are interested in this, details are available here
My oil painting class starts a new six-week series for 2015 tomorrow. I have a set of color challenge exercises that I hope will help them learn and have fun doing it.