And on my first full day back home, I did a little review of paint, pens and clothes. I’m mainly sharing these for my own record, but some of you might find them interesting! 🙂
Paint and brushes
I didn’t use as much paint as I expected so I had way too many spare pans. Of course, that is totally fine as I will use them up! If you want more information about my current palette please check it out here.
A few comments
- Monte Amiata Natural Sienna and French Ultramarine are always the most used and this trip was no exception!
- Steel’s Grey is also a pan that runs out fast, but as my mix was a little too brown, I bought a small Cobalt Blue Deep to mix into the pan and make it bluer. So I used at least one more pan’s worth of Steel’s Grey than this image shows.
- I used a lot of Cobalt as that was what I’m using for skies these days. Mainly because it is so transparent and adds a ‘zing’ to my sketches. (Very technical term I know). It’s a little too red for Australian skies.
- My Indanthrone Blue was like a magic pudding (a reference to a classic Australian children’s book). I used it heaps but it never seemed to run out!
- New colour 1: I used most of a tube of WN Yellow Ochre for greens (with Indanthrone Blue and French Ultramarine) and yellows (for the grass). Every few days I squeezed a little into the corner of a mixing area. This was after seeing @chris_haldane use it a lot in the first week. I used WN as that is the only brand of paint available in the regional art stores. (In my travels I visited art stores in Bathurst, Mudgee, Wagga Wagga and Mildura.)
- New Colour 2: Angela gave me a little DS Manganese Blue Hue to try. She was using it for skies and looked very similar in characteristics to Cobalt but is a more greenish-blue. I think mixing Cobalt with Manganese Blue Hue would be the perfect match for our skies. I had it in my palette years ago (for a short while) so it’s fun revisiting it. Still testing it though! I intend to reduce my Cerulean Chromium (which I hardly used!) to a half pan so I can add MBH to my palette.
Just before I left I made some handmade paints with Jane Blundell (not sure I mentioned it here – but you can see more about it on this IG post). I put them in a little box and during the second week put them into my secondary bag. I then completely forgot about them and it wasn’t until I unpacked that I found them again. Oops!
I also took a collection of different brushes but I didn’t use them once (more about why in my Reflections post coming next week!) For the first two weeks I did use a travel rigger (for trees?), but apart from that, all my sketches were done with one brush. You all should know what that would be… yes, the Rosemary 772 1/2 inch sable blend dagger.
My 55 degree Fude with black ink was the go-to pen with a good number of sketches done with my Lamy Joy (Med nib).
I used a 55 Fude with brown ink a few times, and a 45 Fude with grey ink once or twice.
But just as with the brushes, I stuck to my favourite pens and didn’t experiment with the different coloured inks I had packed (and sketched in the above page!)
I shared this picture before… the books I packed with the intention of looking at them in the evening. I did pick up Freeland to read a little once (during Week 2?), but I didn’t touch the others at all. Or the one art book I took for inspiration (I’m such a tease as I’m not going to tell you what it is! But it’s a painting book, not an urban sketching book.)
I was too busy finishing my pages, writing blog posts and planning the next day’s activities and cafe stops!
And my final review… my clothes. This is what I ended up taking. The weather was warmer than I expected so I didn’t need my warmer clothes as much as I thought.
And yes, as usual, I only wore skirts on this trip. If you haven’t noticed I love wearing skirts (and dresses even more so) and the two I wore all the time (except to church and to dinner) I sewed myself! So in a way, I managed to do my own MeMadeMay! Also, the new shoes that arrived 15 minutes before I left – were Frankie4 Nat shoes and have been the most comfortable sneakers ever!
Ah! always fun to do these types of pages! I hope you enjoy them.
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