The explosions of light and color from stars and galaxies we will never see. Except, perhaps in our imaginations.
Ways With Watercolor
The magic of watercolor for me, is its ability to adhere so well to its specific pigment properties. It is obedient, reliable, consistent in the following of its nature.
Lending the artist a helping hand, with this knowledge.
A Granulator such as Ultramarine stays true to itself and creates wonderful textures upon the paper’s surface.
Stainers, like ….Permanent Alizarin Crimson will follow its nature. To run, explode outside the barriers.
I know what these ingredients, these pigments will do. So then I combine them to do a job. To help me say what needs saying.
You could, in a way think of them as you do your cooking ingredients. Flour, sugar, honey, molasses, salt, vinegar, baking soda, milk, cream, lard, olive oil, coconut oil. Many times you could use any old oil or butter and it makes no difference.
But, there are times when the ingredient must be pure butter for the recipe to work.
For the result to turn out…. delicious.
Not just – passe.
Heaven forbid… inedible.
It is the same with paints.
Many ultramarines are fairly exchangeable. No worries. So too with phalo blue. And quinacridone rose, phalo green, quinacridone gold, burnt umber.
I normally, don’t specify a particular Brand for most, routine colors.
Critical Importance to success
Unless it is crucial.
….. like it is with Indigo and Naples Yellow.
(Daniel Smith’s are successful.)
Its all in “the ingredients!”
I mention this today, as I’d talked about it a little last week in class.
I often try make do, make something I have on hand, work.
Why go and buy something…. if I have a product that will do the job?
Many of us might have ended up with 3 crockpots, 2 types of knife sharpeners and have learned our lesson!
I’m with you on that, definitely.
Having said that, I’ve also spent 25 years buying thousands of tubes of paints.
Experimenting. Testing. Researching. Every single one.
So, my hope is always, that you let all my “losses” be your gain! That you learn from my mistakes and save yourself time and money.
Process of Splash and Spray
This was done on dry Arches 100% cotton paper rough.
The paint colors used were burnt umber (Maimeriblu) Permanent Alizarin Crimson (Winsor Newton) mixed with Ultramarine (Art Spectrum)
So that is limiting the palette to 3 paints. And, I’ve used a Cool Palette. Doing both of these are great tips to avoid, mud.
I used a spray mister to lightly mist the paper surface. Choosing to ‘miss’ some areas.
Then loading brushes and flicking the paints on. Misting again, as needed.
The Darker Ultramarine and Burnt Umber, I used an old toothbrush to scoop up paint and flicker it on as the paper was drying.
This allowed for the darker tones I was hoping for, to create more depth.
Wondering how he is, thinking I’d love to go visit and simply, chat. (David is a lovely man and he’s had a tremendous influence on my art journey, to which I’m truly appreciative. If you are in Melbourne, or can go to any of his international workshops. Just Do It.)
While on the store website, I noticed that an ‘Alison Hanly’ was listed there, teaching creativity.
You know, I was intrigued with that bit of information.
Gorgeous aquamarines with copper and gold and a deep prussian blue in the first image were beautiful to work with. The Naples Yellow, Cobalt Teal Blue and the soft neutral greys in the next two were ….. Super fun!