A change in my palette

January 8, 2020 | 7 Comments

I’ve been meaning to do this for years! In fact the first time I did it was way back in 2013 when I was using a triad. Suhita has reminded me recently to do this numerous times so I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to get around to it.

So what’s the change?

I have finally split my full pan of Hansa Yellow Medium into two half pans. One is used for greens and the other for warmer colours.

The warmer version is the only one I try to keep clean-ish but the ‘green’ version I don’t bother about too much. I used to try and keep the green mess to the left side of the full pan but it was hard work so this is a much better solution.

Of course now that I have split my yellow into two half pans, I can’t help thinking about changing the left side to a cooler – lemon – yellow. But it’s only thoughts at the moment!

Why am I such a messy mixer?

Well, if you have done my SketchingNow Watercolour course you will know the full story… but in essence it’s due to working fast and trying to preserve my water for as long as I can. When I work in the studio and have unlimited clean water and can change the paper towel which I am using to wipe my brush, my palette remains much cleaner!



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