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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Palette


I finally found a watercolor teacher that I want to study with. Sadly, her classes are full, so I'm on a waiting list. She gave me her list of materials, including her recommended palette, and I've been trying to work with it, along with my additions of WN cadmium orange and MaimeriBlu sap green. However, the other day when I was talking with her on the phone, she was adamant that sap green should NEVER be used, as it is a fugitive color. If this is true, my sketchbooks will be faded messes in just a few years. I just can't figure out how to mix good greens without it, though!

Other things going on --
-- Still re-doing part of the living room to make a painting corner, rather than sitting at the breakfast nook table. I LIKE the breakfast nook best, but the mess is, well, messy.

-- I was at the used book store the other day and found a couple of Nick Bantock books in very good shape for only $3.00 apiece. I've heard about this Griffin and Sabine stuff for a couple of years, but never read the books, so I decided what the heck. Darn it, I gotta admit that they are intriguing ...

-- I'm so behind in the Everyday Matters Challenges that I fear I will never get caught up! Monday night, while sitting by the door waiting for Trick-or-Treaters, I plan on drawing the Halloween candy. That will get one done, at least ...

Now -- off to work on putting together a Halloween costume for myself for tomorrow. Our work group is going as the Gilligan's Island bunch, and I have one of the easiest costumes of all -- Mary Ann. Just gotta figure out how to get a poof in the top and back of my hair while still doing pigtails... life is sometimes kind of weird, isn't it! Posted by Picasa

12 comments:

janey said...

So fugitive means it fades? Poor sap green. If there's a Illustration Friday for "fugitive" you could do a painting of just that color. I have 2 of Nick's books - The Museum at Purgatory and Urgent 2nd Class - both really excellent. And every artists should have a painting corner.

Laura said...

And WHO sent me the sap green paint? :D. A lovely and generous woman did and I thank her still. I like fugitives.

Linda said...

You both make me laugh! Janey, I also got the Museum at Purgatory and read it all in one sitting. Doesn't it make you just want to do assemblage art? (Like I need to want to do more stuff!) Laura, I think I remember that the Maimeriblu sap green is supposed to be permanent ... but maybe not. I've liked more than one fugitive in my life, and I guess liking one more won't hurt! ;-)

Lindsay said...

Congrats on finding a teacher! God that is sooooo hard to do. I'm still looking myself.I'd love to study with Hanna Hinchman but she;s in Montana! I too am really far behind on challanges. Ah well, just have to do what I can. Iloved the Griffin and Sabine books. What a great deal!

Julie Oakley said...

I was very interested to look at this because it's time I bought some new pans, however I think that you should add Paynes Grey to that pallette. I had a superb water colour teacher at college and when we were all given our set of waterclours everyone had Paynes Grey in their box and I find it very useful for shadows, dark skies etc etc

Linda said...

Julie, I think you're right about the Payne's grey -- however, this teacher is VERY much about clear transparent color, so I just have to use the Payne's grey from my old palette in secret! :-) She did say we could add Winsor Violet -- what a relief!
Lindsay -- I would love to study with Hanna Hinchman, too. Maybe one day we'll find a good 3 or 4 day course! I've VERY excited to have the opportunity to study with Mary Baumgartner, though -- her work is absolutely amazing!

Anonymous said...

hi ya. you've got some lovely work here... EDM challenges will always be there, do what you can :)
patty

Puhiava said...

You might want to use Quinicridone Gold and Viridian as a great mix (or QG and Cobalt Blue). You get the best looking green mixes I've ever seen- no need for sap green.

Linda said...

Thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to try the quin gold and viridian tonight! :-)

Jim said...

So that's what fugitive means. I thought it was a color that left and you would have a difficult time finding it again...:-) I wonder what others colors people use on a regular basis, like me, are fugitive? Maybe you, or someone could post a list?...

I absolutely love Quin Gold, you can see where I used it on my Christmas Angel here Sketches and Stuff.

And, Please tell, Mary Baumgartner, Jim Bumgarner said "hi."

Jim said...

Ok, that didn't work, so I'm gonna try it again.

Sketches and Stuff

Joanna said...

You have some really lovely paintings. I used to really struggle with mixing and painting with greens. In my lessons I ban paynes grey, or any black. It is a horrid flat colour that makes averything mud. I also ban all greens from pans. I feel its much better for people to mix there own then they get a better understanding of where they are on the colour wheel. I only paint with four colurs which area slight varaition on the printing primaries. Magenta (perminant rose) Cyan, and lemon yellow ( yellow ohca, makes for a softer tone). By mixing the yellow and blue togther you should get almost any shade of green. If you want it darker add a little pink or purple.