EDiM15 Draw a pencil … well maybe I got carried away.
I am doing what I told my class today they had to do – work out how their watercolour pencils come out dry and wet and mixed.
On the left is my old standard collection which is what I recommend for my classes…but funny enough I lately have developed a very odd collection of different pencils – the only two being the same is the burnt sienna and ultramarine (funny that hey?)
I am REALLY tired but somehow doing this loose sketch was a great way to wind down and give me a little thinking time.
…it is the number of them that I have- and all the ones I still want to try.
Some are because I am trying to refine my palette and make the best selections – the colours that will mix the most number of different colours and that work well with lots of water, that never go muddy etc.
Others are because I just love colour and want to try something new. In recent weeks I have been introduced to more “must try’ paints in the Daniel Smith range… I don’t need to… but well I would like to!
I can assure you one thing… if a paint makes its way into a half pan and then into my rectangular palette (which holds up to 30 pans- mixture or half and full) that is sitting on my drawing board in my studio…it will be used!! I have really been mixing up the paints I use lately (and noting which colour I use in my sketchbook) But apart from the tube of moon glow I bought the other week – splurging on new watercolour paints is just not something that I will be doing at the moment. Trying Daniel Smith dot cards…on the other hand….
Just for the record this pile, in fact, is the current selection that am I using..so these actual tubes don’t scare me one bit- they are like old friends!!…it is late in the day so I had to think of something…..
So just to warm up I quickly did today and tomorrows EDiM (I don’t sketch on Sunday so need to get ahead) The blue fireplace detail in the background is part of what I am about to paint… ok here goes… sigh, deep breath, I can do it!
This sketch started out as a controlled ink and pitt pen grey tonal study of my empty pans… (yes my current paint tin has a combination of half and full pans) but then I just realised that I haven’t scraped or splashed for a while… and I sure was in the mood for it! SO MUCH FUN! Particularly the scraping part…
I think I need to make sure that I remember to scrape more regularly!
Some random notes (thanks to Jenn for the new ‘credit card’ – this was its first use!) and I also had a wonderful few hours with Helen from Melbourne and some really special botanical artists. Was talking to Beth about making sure that there was joy in her work.