Painting has had it's ups and downs this last week. I'm still working with the beautiful pumpkins I had found at our little market. The painting from last week I have written off. And learnt from it. The old saying that you learn more from your mistakes is very true. My composition was quite wrong, the large pumpkin at the back was too dominant and I had used paint too strongly. So I began another one, 'a string of pumpkins', the drawing went well, the painting started off well and then....I was too heavy handed with the paint with the second biggest one. The painting sat there for a few days, I worked on the little ones and it was all just OK. Until yesterday when I remembered Daniel Smith and his Watercolour Ground. This is a product which can be painted onto any surface and then used as a watercolour 'paper'. Ideal for mistakes! It is a thick paste that can be brushed on, diluted if necessary. So I used it yesterday and am now waiting to try it out. I have also experimented by putting onto a flat rock! I can imagine the rock sitting on a shelf with a little painting! I will let you know.....of course if it works as I think it will!