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Thursday, February 17, 2011

110217 This week....

Busy week and haven't really had a chance to play with my new paints from last week...

110214 Not just another usual late night Baroque doodle

From Monday night:
This is not just another usual late night Baroque doodle....... this sketch actually might mark a momentous change... I did NOT use W&N Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine Blue - instead I used Daniel Smith Ultramarine AND... (this is the significant part)... Daniel Smith Quin Burnt Orange.
110211 In search of a new combo
Here is a mixing page I did earlier that shows how much more livelier the Daniel Smith 'burnt sienna' alternatives are. I have loaded my palette up with the Quin Burnt Orange to play with.
110217 Testing the new combo
I know I am so boring... so predictable... so repetitive... but what better way to test a new paint combo than with something that I have done once or twice (!!!??!!) before. At least I managed to find a cup I have never sketched before - that is an achievement!
I am really quite excited by this new combination but it is going to take me a while to get used to it and assess it properly. I then can try DS Quin Sienna as well!!!
110215 Dinner with Robyn
And I almost forgot... on Tuesday night I went out to dinner - with Robyn from Have dogs will travel blog.
Another catch up with an online friend and 'real' friend too!!!
Yes this is the same Robyn that sent me the beautiful postcard earlier. Visiting home from Tuscany.

I am always happy if I am able to sketch while with friends and not feel like I have been rude or anti-social! I think that I still managed to talk Robyn to death tonight!


  1. You answered my question on colours just as I was about to ask! I really like the results from these new colours, and share your appreciation of the vibrant result! This looks as though it might be an excellent mini-combination for me too when working 'light'from the equipment point of view!

  2. Love the new colors and your sketches are magnificent, as usual! One question...if you try to sketch your tea or meal before you eat, I am guessing you are eating cold food and you must be ok with that?!

  3. Melissa,

    If you see this... I NEVER (well hardly ever) have a cold meal or cup of tea (maybe the second or third cup from the one pot is cold but never the first one) I might do a special page on my reasons for it and the way I approach it as I have been asked a number of times. Here is something I wrote earlier (I try not to use a waterbrush these days)

    My trick to sketching my food and eating it hot:
    I have the advantage of being left handed with a brush and pen but use my fork in the right hand. So....
    I normally draw quick outline,  and then if I need to cut my food up I do this next (I eat a lot of stir fries with bite size food so this helps), then I start to eat from the back side of the plate so I can finish the outlines. Then, if there is no need for me to leading the conversation during the meal, I often start painting while I am still eating (using a waterbrush) - otherwise I do the colour from memory when I am finished my meal (but still sitting at the table)
    I am developing my technique all the time.

  4. I like stir frys and herb tea cold anyway, and eat very little when I'm working! A fork in my left and pen etc in my right does the trick!

  5. I love the colors, Liz. Your Quin Burnt Orange is lovely. I bought some, DS Quin Burnt Orange, myself, but have only played with it a little. I also like Quin Gold(PY 49)by Daniel Smith.