As I work very quickly, mostly working wet-in-wet, the pigment characteristics of each paint are as important as its hue. One property – dispersiveness – affects the flow in my work and it always takes a while before I get the feel for the timing of new paints.
Creating a lively ‘pigment party’ in my mixes is also essential. Something I discuss a lot inside my SketchingNow Watercolour course, but it relates directly to getting a good combination of granulating and staining pigments.
In terms of granulation, layering and dispersiveness, doing a quick experiment landscape was a perfect test. I wasn’t really trying to create a convincing landscape sketch but instead I was just exploring different effects.
Still, a long way to go before I lock-in a palette, but so far so good! And I’m having a lot of fun!