Prussian Blue, Lunar Black and Goethe

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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.



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Color, within my heart


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:

  1. a much faster learning curve about  color
  2. able to choose the appropriate paint and its category for the  task at hand
  3. able to convey moods, feelings through color use now
  4. able to steer clear of MUD most of the time
  5. able to assess objects & formulate the ratios/paints needed to create similar colors



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Ultramarine Blue pb29  Green blend  … so Lovely!


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Strelitzia  FRESH GREENS watercolors 


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.


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Color watercolor test strip


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.


maple trees watercolours,
Red Dragon Maple Trees in watercolours


Red maples was an accident.

I was testing Daniel Smith Naples Yellow with Perylene Green.   And then,  Red maples…… beckoned.



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Color Mixes using 3 Tubes of paint-       pb28; pv19; py175


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!


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Watercolor Chart: 3 Tube Mixes


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Sea of Greens… Lunar Black + Prussian + Phalo Green


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.


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Orange Mixes


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watercolour chart  (R red)  (Y yellow) (B blue)




Partner posts:

Love of Color

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Color Mixing Watercolors 

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Fluted BLUES, vase in watercolors 

Fresh GREENS,   fresh start! watercolors  



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The act of creation, in any media is a fascinating and magical process. I simply love to create. Expressing in color, line, tone, texture - as if, they were words upon a page. Creating a uniquely me, interpretation. Enjoy More of my "one-of-a-kind" expressive art at and,

24 thoughts on “Prussian Blue, Lunar Black and Goethe

    1. perhaps my Mastering Color course has magical vibes going across the pond! you are a mind reader 🙂 Lunar black….. yes.
      but maybe in a little while? too many all at once makes even me, forget everything!!

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  1. First, your Red Dragon Maple Leaves are beautiful! 🙂 Second, I don’t know anything about what you said about mixing colors. I’m still in the stage of mixing two colors to get another. You are way too advanced for me just now. If I mixed more than two colors, I don’t know how I could reproduce it if I needed more.

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    1. thank you Carol! starting with 2 colors is always a super good idea!! and then the 3 Core Basic wc paints as seen in the far charts below. YES – slow and steady is Best 🙂

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    1. winsor lemon + perm. rose for the first 3
      And the very last one has a ‘dash’ of little bit of cobalt to ‘cool’ it down a pinch;
      as if it were a bit further away…. as one doesn’t want all the yellow/orange things to be ‘all the same,’ but need some to be in shadow and melt farther off into the distance.

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      1. I must tell you again…..soft press Fab. is my ultimate favorite all time favorite….favorite paper!!! lol I think that I am getting that across to you that it is my favorite! there I go again! anyway, it is especially wonderful using it super wet, on both sides and using it for a soft painting. Yummy!!! okay, just had to pop over and drool all over you! 😉


    1. thank you Evelyn! glad you liked this. I’d been looking for just the Right quote for this blue image for a while now. And then aha, Goethe’s words leapt out at me. lol


    1. ahhhh…… Marina! what a most wonderful comment – how lovely of you to say so! With such a beautiful name as yours, one could do nothing but, paint endlessly of oceans and water 🙂

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