This picture I painted today in my Moleskine Watercolor Journal. There are bits of watercolor paper in the picture. These journals are the only ones I have used for the last couple of years. The watercolor journal has really nice paper. It is a little lightweight but handles the paint quite well. The pigments dry quite fast but there is a bit of room for adjustment.
Then I decided to do a wash and add darker color to paint this picture in the watercolor journal. On our morning walks here on California's Central Coast, the birds are singing every morning. It is truly spring. Yesterday, we saw 3 small hawks calling to each other and flying near Laguna Lake. It is the first time I have been able to see them up close. They are also quite lovely as is the calls to each other. Lately we have noticed that many of the birds don't fly off including the larger hawks when we walk by. Perhaps they see us as not a threat to them.