MONDAY: I had a serious ‘play day’ with Jane Blundell. We have so much fun testing new art tools and talking pigments. I wanted to resolve what to put into two new palettes.
Can’t help it but new palettes get me excited once they are set up and ready to go .small everyday kit. pocket palette of extras.
The little one is a pocket palette
Reducing my daily kit from 550gms to 200gms is worth it. But will I be able to survive?
well here are the colours in my pocket palette. This is an ‘extra’ colour palette. ie. I will take this out on serious painting days. I am excited to have some old friends back out on the streets with me..and so newer pigments that I dont have as standards (due to their opacity and/or limited mixing eg. the cads)
The small metal palette seen earlier is simply a more lightweight version of my standard (14 instead of 16 colours) – I am going to have this small one in my bag everyday(significantly lightening my load which is really needed at the moment!) and only put the full kit in on days that I expect to paint or sketch all day.
Just to clarify…I am using my lovely pocket palette as extra colours to be used on big sketching days in addition to my usual kit of 14 colours. they are mainly colours that I love and sometimes wish I had with me – or special use such as Cad yellow or red(which I need to buy to add to the kit). Just cleaned my everyday kit in preparation for my trip to Tasmania (for workshops) next week.
My minimal kit is the small metal box with 14 colours….so basically the same colours as my preferred kit…but smaller version.
I am definitely not one for a colour diet as a permanent setup (I have just increased my standard kit to 28 colours!!! whoa!)
I am able to survive with only 3 colours but I think that the extra mixing that one needs to do and the additional clean water one needs doesn’t make it that useful for spontaneous sketching out on location.
Also watercolour for me is a LOT more than just mixing the right colour. The more you understand about the different pigment characteristics, the more you want to play with pigment and water and paper interaction (rather than just adding waterbased colour to your page) …. and the more you want specific pigments for specific reasons. Going to a 3 colour triad means you miss out on granulation and fresh wet in wet mixing and other effects.. ie. for me that means missing out on a lot of fun!
And I just can’t cope with the washed out effects of using a waterbrush… I wish I could use them and get the results….. but whenever I try I always wished I have used a sable brush There are times like inside building when a waterbrush is the only option but that is different from limiting myself on a daily basis.
So anyway that means that any minimum kit for me is quite extensive. I sketch all the time so always want to be able to do a ‘serious’ attempt in my daily sketchbook.
Anyway that is my approach & I dont expect many people to think the same way – but do I love hearing about other peoples kits and just love the way we are all do things differently.
And finally – here is just a sketch…
Composition was totally random but splashing around my translucent orange again… the flowers are dying but I can still paint them!