WASHTOBER 2020 CHALLENGE

January 13, 2021 — Wes Monceaux

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I decided to participate in a watercolor painting-a-day challenge in October 2020. It was organized by Liron Yankonsky and called "Washtober 2020". For those not into watercolor painting, a "wash" is basically a layer of transparent watercolor paint. A painting is typically made by layering these washes.

"Wash" + "October" = "Washtober"

Even though many of the topics (or prompts) were out of my comfort zone to paint, I found it fun. It definitely gave me a feeling of improvement.

Here are each of the paintings.

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CONNECTING SHAPES IN WATERCOLOR - MAUI LIFEGUARD STATION

September 28, 2020 — Wes Monceaux

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I have been trying to get more of a "loose" feel with my watercolor paintings. I think the technique of connecting large shapes based on a value study is finally clicking with me.

Here is my first attempt using a photo I took of a lifeguard station on a trip to Maui, HI.

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HOW TO INEFFICIENTLY CONVERT FIVE WOODEN PALLETS INTO SWEAT, SPLINTERS, AND TWO TABLES

May 25, 2020 — Wes Monceaux

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I started with what seemed to be a simple idea: Take a few old pallets I had, break them down, and use the wood to build a couple of tables. While the results were pretty much as I envisioned, the road to getting there was not as simple as I had hoped.

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COVID19 WAVEWATCHER 2020-05-23 DATA REVIEW

May 25, 2020 — Wes Monceaux

Here are the charts based on #covid19 data from 2020-05-23.

I have changed up the charts to use the JHU data. Additionally, the case and death rates are 14-day averages. I feel this will provide the best indication of if things are truly moving in a positive or negative direction.

Good news is that it looks like every state has increased their testing rates.

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COVID19 WAVEWATCHER 2020-05-19 DATA REVIEW

May 20, 2020 — Wes Monceaux

Here are the charts based on #covid19 data from 2020-05-19.

Minnesota looks like it has lots of new cases compared to the increase in testing.

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COVID19 WAVEWATCHER 2020-05-18 DATA REVIEW

May 19, 2020 — Wes Monceaux

Here are the charts based on #covid19 data from 2020-05-18.

Illinois has the highest 14-day period average rate of 2369 new cases per day. They now have a higher rate than New York (2288 new cases per day).

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COVID19 WAVEWATCHER 2020-05-17 DATA REVIEW

May 18, 2020 — Wes Monceaux

Here are the charts based on #covid19 data from 2020-05-17.

Illinois now has the highest 14-day period average rate of 2380 new cases per day. They now have a higher rate than New York (2367 new cases per day).

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TINY BEACH SUNSET, WATERCOLOR PRACTICE SURPRISE

May 18, 2020 — Wes Monceaux

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I decided to just do a few minutes of watercolor practice playing with combining Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, and Yellow Ochre. I notice lots of uses for combining these to generate interesting neutralized colors.

After practicing a few abstract figure shapes, I decided to try and create a little beach scene.

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TRACTOR IN FIELD WATERCOLOR ATTEMPT ONE

May 17, 2020 — Wes Monceaux

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I took a photo of a tractor parked at the edge of a field across the road from our house. I decided to try and paint a small study of it.

There are several things I'm not particularly happy with...

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COVID19 WAVEWATCHER 2020-05-16 DATA REVIEW

May 17, 2020 — Wes Monceaux

Here are the charts based on #covid19 data from 2020-05-16.

New York appears to have the highest average rate of new cases over the previous 14-day period with 2417 new cases per day. This is lower than their rate for the baseline period in April.

Illinois, however, has nearly as many new cases per day with an average rate of 2388 new cases per day. But Illinois has a rate higher than their baseline period in April. They have also seen an increase in testing.

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COVID19 WAVEWATCHER 2020-05-15 DATA REVIEW

May 16, 2020 — Wes Monceaux

Here are the charts based on #covid19 data from 2020-05-15.

Louisiana entered Phase 1 of their reopening on 2020-05-15. We will watch their numbers over the next 2 to 3 weeks and see how they change. Additional testing is also supposed to be implemented in Louisiana. The number of positive cases will almost certainly increase due to one or both of those reasons.

It is interesting to see the large differences in testing rates across states. Some states having higher testing rates are seeing reductions in rates of new cases. Does anyone happen to know what the recommended target daily testing rate per 100k should be?

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COVID19 WAVEWATCHER 2020-05-14 DATA REVIEW

May 15, 2020 — Wes Monceaux

Here are the charts based on #covid19 data from 2020-05-14.

Appears to be drops in reported testing rates in several states and the U.S. South overall. Not sure if that is just an issue of reporting or what.

It is interesting to see the large differences in testing rates across states. Some states having higher testing rates are seeing reductions in rates of new cases.

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