what pure pleasure there is in drawing & coloring from black and white line drawings. dover has an endless supply. i'll draw from anything. life, tv, pictures, labels on jars & bottles, magazines, books. my inner sketchaholic does not discriminate. when i taught 2nd grade i would often have my students bring in coloring books to copy. good for learning hand-eye coordination, studying negative space, measuring distance between object A & B, and so on and so forth.
paper maché field mice mounts are also fun. anything goes.
over and out from moss cottage friends. where the women are strong, the cats are good lookin', and all the ideas are above average. xo
in an effort to understand the behavior of the colors in my travel palette i'm mixing them with each other. i'm pleased with my findings.
i have this weird color, brilliant pink, that someone gave me. it's use seems limited and i didn't want it in my home palette so i moved it into the smaller travel box. love the periwinkle color it made with ultramarine blue. also did interesting things with green gold.
the color made from perm red + natural sienna + brilliant pink would be the perfect color for painting watermelon or ruffly hibiscus petals - a warm pink. mmmmmmm. the natural sienna + purple lake (leftover from old cottman set and another color that i put in the travel box to use up) but low and behold it does beautiful things with the sienna. imagine a sunset or a red rock canyon in late afternoon.
i don't know poop about watercolors, but i know plenty about the power of PLAY. and play that results in learning excites the information seeker that lives in my noggin.
the winsor green sister sent me reminded me of ajax or drano. i took an instant dislike to it. but son of a bisquit! look how it mixes with bright violet, perm rose, white, hematite, and GASP piemontite. breathtaking.
okay. gotta go. i'll just be here in my laboratory. mixing & exploring.
maybe i'll have a diet coke in one of their fun new cans. wanna know the name of the background color? sodalite. i could have, but didn't make that one up.
introducing my new travel palette for car & porch sketching. altoid tins are too small for my bear mitts. and i need a larger mixing area. i am messsssssy. i'm trying out the colors to see what i don't use and what i don't have that i might need in here. instead of black i have hematite genuine - a granulating daniel smith. the piemontite genuine is deep dark & delicious. mahogony on steroids that is easily turned into a rich black. shadow violet makes pretty shadows right out of the tube. mixed with a drop of this or that it's intoxicating.
i'm back to car sketching. i returned to a former home i lived in for 6 years another lifetime ago. i parked under a dome of tall trees. my windows open. shafts of morning light beamed down. leaves fell from the camphor trees. a green time machine. where will i go next?
joyce and i had a car sketching episode this morning in montecito. we drew old adobe walls and cactus and palm trees and ladders and shadows.
once you get the sketching bug you sort of don't want to stop. and you don't have to either.