I spent quite a few hours recently setting up my watercolor palette. Apparently, I’m plagued by indecision and inexperience! But I’m glad it’s finally done. To celebrate, I decided to do a couple of abstract pieces, each focusing on a triad of primaries. Sharing here in case anyone is shopping for colors and might like to see how they flow together. Both were done on damp paper, and so they were able to mingle some on the page.
The first features a cool trio, including quinacridone rose, cobalt blue, and aureolin/azo yellow, all by M. Graham:
The second stars Cotman’s cadmium red hue (the only warm red I own), cadmium yellow and phthalo blue, both by M Graham:
They actually looked better dry than wet, a nice surprise. And I found this to be a fun way to get to know color.
What I learned:
- I need another warm red. Haven’t decided on which. Any recommendations?
- Combining Cotman cadmium red hue and Graham phthalo blue makes mud instead of the vibrant purple I was expecting. Good to know!
- Warm weather means the initial laydown of clear water will dry much faster, meaning if you want a wet-into-wet look, you better shake your tailfeather!
The workweek begins! I hope all of you have a wonderful week, and I hope to have some nature drawings to share with you before Saturday dawns. Peace.