For the 4th, I cheated and used a sketch I had done in a previous year, because I was about to make the potato salad depicted by this picture of ingredients (and didn't have time to paint), and also the colors reflected some red, white, and blue.
Today's prompt was "loose and free." As we know, I'm not great at painting loose, so I opted to go with "free," and tried my hand at one of my favorite birds, a corvid (don't know if this guy is a crow or a raven, I'm thinking crow). Unfortunately, my sketchbook paper didn't hold up to painting in the background and got all splotchy; and although I tried for some variation on my subject by using grays, purples, and blues in addition to the blacks, my crow came out sort of raggedy looking as well. Perhaps I should have painted in the background first and then painted the picture over the top? I'll try this one again soon on real watercolor paper. I need to further study the crows and ravens of Sarah Yeoman, which I greatly admire!
The poinciana and the crow are still direct to watercolor, no underdrawings.
In the sketchbook...