Project Nine from Step-By-Step Guide to Painting Realistic Water Colors by Dawn McLeod Heim is Autumn Leaves. My plan was to get this one posted for Thanksgiving, but I kept thinking I could turn it around and the deadline came and went. I was completely deceived by this one. The first time I looked through the book I remember thinking it was strange that the easier one is left for the latter part. Boy, was I wrong. I didn't have all the recommended palette (and have a self imposed, I will NOT buy another tube of watercolor paint to satisfy another workshop/lesson; UNLESS, I feel it's absolutely necessary). I "substituted" early and often; and it showed from beginning 'til end. My exercise lacks the depth the example showed. I'm blaming it on the lacking palette. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. :-) Lesson learned. Just one more lesson in this book and then I'm off to tackle something else. I'm thinking ... a little oil painting practice so I'll be ready for those fields of bluebonnets in the spring.