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Palette update

With a stay at home mandate, we can pause and see what we wanted to do, but didn’t have “enough” time. Now, many of us have more free time than ever before!
I took advantage of this to update and switch to a different watercolor palette, made by Craig Young.  It’s not new, it’s been here for 5 years, and I haven’t used it because it seemed too heavy for urban sketching. After spending a couple weeks with other artists who manage just fine with even larger palettes, this one doesn’t seem as heavy.
There’s more space to mix colors, and I’ve adapted it to fit my pans with magnets, as I never know when I might dare to switch a color!  (See my list of colors below.)
What are your favorite colors?watercolor palette

It’s interesting how different two cobalt turquoises can be!  I bought the Schminke one for New Zealand, and while there, I got a sample of a Windsor & Newton one, and do love both of them!

Top row: Lunar blue (DS), Prussian blue, Cobalt turquoise (W&N), Cobalt turquoise (Schminke)
Second row: Warm sepia, Sap green, Cobalt blue
Third row: Burnt sienna, Brown ochre (DS), Hooker’s green with Perm. green, Perm. violet
Fourth row: Quin. gold (W&N), Raw sienna, Alizarin crimson (W&N)
Bottom row: Perm. yellow deep, Perm. yellow lemon, Translucent orange (Schminke), Quin. red (DS).
Note: all colors are Holbein, except where labeled.

New year, new palette

I like to sketch my palette at the beginning of each sketchbook, although consistency is not my forté!  I’m not starting a new sketchbook soon, so here is an update of my colors.

My current palette replaces a well used Schminke one.  This was purchased a few years ago, but it always seemed too heavy to use when traveling. It was finally time to test it, as the additional mixing area seems too good to waste.  You can see it’s been well used already. Watercolor palettes

The newer colors (small tin) are a set from Greenleaf & Blueberry.  Haven’t worked much with them, and looking forward to playing more.  2018 watercolors

For this very cold first day of the year, I’m rewatching a John Lovett watercolor instructional dvd. He is one of my favorite artists, and his videos are straightforward and easy to follow. Easy, that is, if you’re good at following direction. Not me!

Here’s to a year of creativity!