I recently bought a book on Egon Shiele and liked how he used paper with a mustard color background. This was probably the type if paper available to artists at the time because I noticed that a lot of others also used this paper. I also like the way he combined conte crayon and watercolor, so I gave it a whirl.
I watched a movie about Modigliani and noticed that those painters back then all wrote their last names out as their signature. It makes more sense than the initials I use, so I'm going to start signing my last name.
It's sad that so many artists had tragic lives.