I don't know if these will look like experiments to anyone but me, but they are. There are three things I'm intentionally working on with these drawings.
First, I'm trying to learn what I can and cannot do with watercolor pencils. In the top image, I washed the background and didn't like how it came out so I worked over it heavily in dry pencil. In the bottom image, I washed the pencil in a lot of areas but also left significant patches dry, so that different objects have very different textures.
Second, I'm trying to get over my nervousness about doing backgrounds and creating border-to-border pictures.
Finally, I'm testing how I feel about this somewhat stylized, simplified style. This has been an aspect of my work as far back as I can remember, and until recently, I hated it. I thought it made my work look childish and cartoonish, and it was one of the reasons I doubted that I had any real talent. Now I'm wondering if this ability to hone in on essentials might not be one of my strengths, if I learn how to use it intentionally. Only time will tell.
Oh, and in the bottom image, I was creating shadow with color complements. The shadow areas of the pot are perhaps a little more muddy than I wanted (it would pop from the background better if I'd kept it from getting so dull), but I do think I managed to give both the pot and the treetops in the background dimensionality, so that part was a success.
If you click on the images, they do get bigger (and in fact, you can click on that to zoom into a certain area if you're so inclined).