Each Sunday for the next few weeks I am looking at my paint “collection.”
OOPS. I HIT PUBLISH BY MISTAKE AND NO ERRORS.
HOW OFTEN DOES THAT HAPPEN?
SO THIS WEEK’S WILL BE PUBLISHED NEXT WEEK!
Because of this mistake, I am revising this post, pulling some of the
pinks-violet into the post on violet-purples coming later.
Last NEXT week: Tools: Watercolors, 1, Yellow-Orange.
Before we get started, there are colors for mixing other colors — I’d never use them
on my own — and then favorite colors. Skin tones, stones, shadows —
all these take some odd mixing colors. Odd for me at least!
First, let’s talk colors that look the same,
have the same pigment structure,
or are called by the same name out of the way:
Sennelier makes a beautiful Quinacridone Red, PR209;
MG makes a muddier version, also PR209. The muddiness must be the honey binder.
There is also Quinacridone Coral, PR209.
Note these are all a bit different but all PR209!
You don’t want to work with fugitive
paints — paints which are not
light-fast. Still, I can’t walk away from Opera Pink, Quinacridone, PR122, though it is fugative. You’ll see, there is
no other bright clear pink like it!
I’ve bought several Quinacridone pinks looking for it: while they are lovely,
they are not HOT PINK!
Which are keepers? I love Quinacridone Coral and Sennelier Quinacridone RED 679, though both are supposedly PR209. Anthraquinoid Scarlet, PR168, has a muddy side, but is an excellent brick and building pigment, as is Perylene Scarlet, PR149. Perylene Red, PR178, is quite opaque, but beautiful, a true red. If only it were transparent! Love our first Primatek, Rhodonite, a grainy textural, lovely coral color!
Pale pinks are useful because of skin tones, and of course, Painted Ladies.
Holbein Shell Pink, PO73-PW6, is a mainstay part of skin tones.
I am undecided about Holbein Brilliant Pink, PO209-PW6.
Sometimes it is a matter of what I will use. Some I’ve discussed. MG’s Quinacridone Red, PR209, is muddy and slow drying in the pan. Sennelier Bright Red 619, a pan color, and Sennelier Carmine 635 PAN are both blah. I might buy Deep Scarlet, Benzimidazole, PR175, because it is a good brick color. Greenleaf & Blueberry’s Mayan Red reminds me of Victorian wallpaper: very grainy and swirly, but not in a good way. Mayan Orange I probably won’t buy again, as it is very close to Vermilion.
In a future next post I will talk about the Mayan Colors…
What they are, what I like and dislike about them.
Must build the collection to discuss!
Pentalic Field Journal, Platinum Carbon pen, and Greenleaf & Blueberry,
Sennelier, Holbein, QoR, M.Graham and Daniel Smith watercolors.
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