Saturday, October 25

Watercolor palette

When I started teaching myself watercolor (as a teen)
I read every how-to book I could find.
Experimented with papers...
Purchased the best brushes I could afford...
Most of the artists I studied used the same basic palette.
That is what I followed and happily used for years~
It was economical and traditional.

When I began licensing my art I started to expand my palette.
Fabric collections, flag designs, calendar pages...greeting cards---
With so many varied products I wanted a varied palette.

Through the years I have found my personal favorites...
Windsor & Newton
Daniel Smith

A trip into the city finds me at the Fine Art Store on
West Main Street~
I become lost in the options.
Held tightly by my very limited budget!
That way I am sure to behave ;)

My budget yesterday was for a green. ONE green.
The greens on my palette are running low.
I have been searching for something different for a while.
I can make several greens from all the blues,
ochre, golds & yellows that I have...
Finding a 'nice green' will save me time.
If a client decides to expand a collection, it is nice
to have less mixing to do... more consistency.

MaimeriBlu offered a sample card near their display~
It is a nice way to try out pigments. Do they stain?
How do the colors behave on my favorite paper?
Can I lift out highlights?
Do they glaze nicely?

Autumn colors keep me inspired~
Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

Tuesday, October 7

Thursday, October 2

Rose hips along the Erie Canal...

With so many lovely September days~
The rose hips and bittersweet along the Erie Canal path
are brilliant red & vibrant yellow-gold!

Fall colors are in full swing!

A few snips...

A photo session to record them fresh...

Sketched out in walnut ink that I made last Fall...

With a few puddles of watercolor and
sunshine streaming through my studio windows~
I have a small collection of framed originals to share in my Etsy shop!

I hope your October is off to a wonderful start!