Tools: Fall Watercolors

Gads I love color!

I’ve been asked why I buy so many tubes of watercolors…
It’s true, I could buy a dozen tubes and mix everything — well almost everything,
because the Primatek colors have their own lovely granulating properties.

But where would be the fun in that?

When I first started using the Daniel Smith Roasted French Ochre and Burgundy Yellow Ochre I wasn’t sure that they were strong enough colors for my palette… but then the more I used them the more I loved them.  I must buy second tubes because these may not be around forever.

Both colors were used in the two images above.

I haven’t used the Hansa Yellow Deep as often (above), but the beauty of it is it is a clear yellow leaning orange, or orange leaning yellow — but not as orange as say, Indian Yellow.

I buy colors because I love color.  For as long as I can afford it I will enjoy the variety!

Below, the very fast sketch I created using all the new colors shown left
(the small birds use the Van Dyke).  We feed the birds off the roof of the garage in our building, and this is the bird’s eye view during autumn!

I am so impressed with the Sennelier Transparent Brown.
It reminds me of Gamblin’s Asphaltum Oil paint!  It has a earthiness that I enjoy.
In general, I have not used as many Sennelier paints, but after purchasing a few this time I will be ordering them in future. The larger tubes make them economical when compared to Daniel Smith, which is my favorite watercolor paint.

I just noticed the word organic in a couple of my paints (it takes a long time, I guess, before curiosity sets in).  Organic pigments in general are pure, transparent and have strong tinting strength. Inorganic pigments tend to be dry ground minerals, are more likely opaque, and often contain metals.  For more info on organic and inorganic pigments, read about it here, and if you don’t know about Handprint you must — it is indispensable!  I also recommend this article: how watercolor paints are made.

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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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