The top painting is actually as much pastel, pencil and water color pencil as it is "painting" although there is certainly watercolor and probably gouache in it. The piece is on 9 x 12 1/8 inch Arches 300 lb watercolor paper. It is similar to some others I did and is based on any of a number of photos Ive taken in the Everglades and Big Cypress--which are often actually of cypress trees. But I sort of made them cypress . I called this one Mahogany. It has a sort of unfocused feel.
The piece below is also on 9 x 12 1/8 inch Arches 300 lb watercolor paper. This one is, so far, all watercolor and is not done. This is sort of the background for the painting. The top is more done than the bottom of this one. It probably won't have pastel in it (but it might) but I am likely to add pencil and watercolor pencil...maybe some other things....I will post the potentially ruined altered version.