Wednesday, December 7, 2016

More Color Grids

I love measuring out the grid with a ruler.
I love methodically filling the boxes.
I love the linear, sequential process
as opposed to 
my more intuitive, fast, & loose sketching style.

I created a new chart because of  
two new Winsor Newton tube colors:

Quinacradone Gold 
New Gamboge 

I was curious to see how they mixed with my other colors, 
and how they differed from one another & from:

Cadmium Lemon
Winsor Yellow
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Orange
Burnt Sienna

Making these charts is a fine way
to get to know one's paints. 
It's not just about the colors,
but also about the granulation & irregularities
that different paints produce when mixed, wet in wet.

Doing my chart reminded me 
of doing a jigsaw puzzle.
It asked me to be patient until the end.
It asked me to work through the repetetive parts,
even if they became boring.
It asked me to pay slow, deliberate attention to the parts
and to the whole.

No doubt the effects of this study
will show up in my next watercolor sketches.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sending Pop-Ons

 Sometimes making a little picture 
with pop-on teacups,
to send to a friend, 
soothes the soul.