Last month I went to a Daniel Smith event here in Sydney and met John Cogley, the owner of Daniel Smith. He talked about pigments, the process of making paints, how to read a colour chart and many other things. It was a great presentation and afterwards a lot of tubes of paint were opened for people to test.
I ended up talking rather than tempting myself with new colours, so I can’t show you any new colour swatches. It was so wonderful to meet John and also Luke Senior from Senior Arts (finally!) who took this photo. Jane Blundell was there as well.
I spent hours (days, weeks?) poring over colour charts (and the Handprint site) a number of years ago but haven’t really looked at one for ages. So it was great to remind myself of how much fun it is, and how much I need to refresh my memory about the characteristics of my own babies (the colours that I use in my daily palette). Getting to know your own paints is so important to understanding why your washes look murky or flat.
There were lots of gorgeous paint-outs like these. Oh! so many wonderful colours. Here are the two Ultramarines. I use Ultramarine Blue (on the right), not French Ultramarine (on the left) as Ultarmarine Blue mixes better greens.
Question: I know colour (and in particular watercolour) is a big topic, and it’s one which a lot of people struggle with. I certainly want to start producing some content on the topic so I would love to hear about your particular challenges and what you would like to learn.