The Hard Work of New Paint

Oh the toil and angst and hard work of it all: the picking and obtaining of new colors.

I usually mix my real darks as I need them. Lighter greys can be had but I felt I needed a grey or two for mixing with other colors but sometimes as, what they call, convenience colors. To me blacks and greys are pretty much up there with primaries but it’s not like I have black or white on my palette.

In any case, some might say I over indulged but this was my haul from Arlene’s the other day. And a big kudos to the young woman who excitedly looked over my choices as she rang me out and then demonstrated just how cool the pencil sharpener was that I was buying. It made me feel part of the tribe. Thank you!

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Ooooh – Package Day! Unboxing

There was a promo code for Blick the other night, the stuff itself couldn’t be discounted any further (I always choose stuff like that!) but there was free shipping. That gave me a $3.00 fedex option so I took it. Talk about immediate gratification.

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Only did a few washes with the brushes but man they hold HUGE amounts of water as promised and so beautiful in the hand. The larger one (not the largest to be had, by any means) is a size 6.

Stasher’s Dream Come True

I stopped at Arlene’s this morning on the way to work. Those of you who know my collection of thread sample cards will totally appreciate my excitement over this coming home. But seriously, it answers once and for all my questions about lightfastness and, more importantly, transparency! At long last. Unlike thread sample cards, these “dot cards” can actually be used with brush and water to try out the colors on your own paper.

The Winding Path of Friday

When I got home I added test swatches for two new colors I’d gotten this morning.

I stopped at Arlene’s Art Supplies on my way to work because I was waiting for my car to hit 100,000 miles and didn’t want to be on the highway when it did. [obligatory dash photo]

I also documented that I’m still getting over 40 miles per gallon with this car, a 2012 Fiat 500c.

The other night I tried this quick painting of some clouds. The paper is a corner of some white Arches paper I’d gotten to try but geesh it has this huge impressed logo in TWO corners… Really?

Tonight after a hard day at work, I did this 4×6″ postcard on Strathmore postcard paper.

And finally, a week or so ago, Mom shared a bag of oranges with me. They were truly the most wonderful tasting oranges I ever had! She thought so too. They were huge and it turned out we each ate half an orange at a time, savoring every slice and we were both sad when we’d eaten the last one. She went back to her source and came home with another bag! Big naval oranges with super bitter, orange-y skin and sweet juiciness within. Thanks Mom!

Sunday, quiet day at home

Did some painting – finished this which you might remember I did an on-site sketch for on Friday:

I’ll say that the smaller dabs on the palette are colors that are new to me, maybe seen in a video. I’ve used and tried them but not regularly. But, I’ve more spaces than colors I feel I must have so what the heck – put ’em on there. I usually put a splotch of that sort of color in the mixing area or on the inside of the lid if I want to use some. Also, the space thing comes into the payne’s grey and indigo thing. Lately I’ve been mixing all my greys but I have found indigo useful for darkening areas already painted, and sometimes for skies. Looks red heavy but cad red is mainly for mixing darks.

There you go – my second palette layout in my big palette.

Tuesday, Paint Adventures

Threatening rain now but earlier today there was a narrow window of sun. I went out and had a quick breakfast, catching up on a friend’s trip and then headed off to work on the next phase of my travel kit prep. In the days when I did a lot of teaching at my quilt guild I put together a travel box with duplicate common tools. That way it was always ready to go and I never was missing things in my work room or at a meeting. Worked out great. So why was I trying to shuttle paint brushes inside/outside/inside etc?

Went off to Arlene’s with a short list of brush essentials for the paintbox. Managed to come home with what was on the list and only a little more. I did get some cobalt blue because I love to watch the UK guys dab it around for skies. And I also got a very greeny-gold color because that’s around a lot this time of year. Looks like it will grey up nicely too for darker olives and browns.

This first one needed to dry some so I can go back and add bluer-green shadowy areas.

Of course, it would have made more sense to do those the opposite way around, but on the second, all I really wanted to do was to try this 1″ hake brush. That’s going to take some practice to get color vs water right.

What’cha been doin’?

I’m waiting for the paints to set up in my new travel palette. What colors? Hansa Yellow Light, Quinacridone Red, French Ultramarine, Indigo, Sap Green, Hooker Green, Burnt Sienna, Sepia. All Daniel Smith except the sepia which is Winsor Newton.

And through circumstances too difficult to explain, I ended up with a wad of my own hair from combing and brushing and set it out for the birdies to use as nesting materials. A tufted titmouse got right to work on that.