When I paint, most of the enjoyment comes from creating new color blends.
Its really not painting a scene, that most likely, a million others have done before.
No. Its the thrill of creating, by chance, inventing a blend that is Unique.
That…. remains the most amazing thing for me.
Color – In My Heart
Watercolor paints are super fun and so easy to mix. It only takes less than 5 minutes.
Its not hard.
It doesn’t have to take up …. All Day.
Exploring Creates Knowledge
I love the sense of endless possibilities….when I am mixing blends of colors.
Its a passion, this Testing and experimenting with watercolor paints in …Different ways. A friend at the Daniel Smith store nicknamed me the little scientist, after seeing my 30 + sheets of nothing but color blends and tests!
But. What are the Benefits and Rewards? You ask!
Here are some benefits that I’ve discovered:
- a much faster learning curve about color
- able to choose the appropriate paint and its category for the task at hand
- able to convey moods, feelings through color use now
- able to steer clear of MUD most of the time
- able to assess objects & formulate the ratios/paints needed to create similar colors
6. Fast 5 minute sessions of color mixing is fun. And do – able.
The results are seen straight away, unlike waiting til the cake comes out of the oven to see if it actually tastes alright!
Yes, a wee bit of “Now” is in that statement.
I use Test Strips of the same type of paper I’m working on.
Or simply tape off about 1/4 off the bottom (or a side) of the watercolor paper to use for my lovely ‘Tests.’
Sometimes my tests, become an art work… by accident.
Red maples was an accident.
I was testing Daniel Smith Naples Yellow with Perylene Green. And then, Red maples…… beckoned.
Bold and powerful. Or pale whisper thin washes.
The play of color and tone is wonderful. And it is, so very very useful and entirely “Productive.”
In so many different ways!
Lunar Black… a Daniel Smith paint creation, is always on my palette.
It does what nothing else can do.
Its a wild guess every time its used as to just how it is going to granulate, texturize.
Sinking to the deepest crevices of the paper to work its magic. Sheer delight.