Saturday, 6 February 2016

Hazelnuts video and other tidbits

A couple of days ago I bought some hazelnuts. Surprisingly, not for eating. My friend laughed at me because it was so obvious (to me) I was going to paint them that I didn't even think I could eat them. Ohh.. something's not right...

Anyway, hazelnuts turned out to be great practice. 

I made a short video showing how I was painting them:

I also did a little color chart with my browns. I'm going to make a lot more of these as I found it not only very relaxing, but also useful for the future reference. In this chart I mixed my four browns: Gold Ochre (PY42), Burnt Sienna (PR101), Raw Umber (PBr7) and Burnt Umber (PBr7). 

I was also inspired by two books. The first one was Exotic Botanical Illustration by Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan. In the book the authors shows an idea for making color charts which I really like. They suggest to paint two rows of squares. The first raw is a range of two colors mixed together and the second row is the same range, but more diluted. 

The second book was The Modern Flower Painter by Anna Mason. On page 7 I saw a beautiful painting of beige magnolia. I was wondering how she achieved this wonderful color and I found the answer on another page: Using burnt sienna as the base for beige will give a red-tinged beige. On occasion you might want a less red beige. In these cases, try mixing yellow ochre and burnt sienna for another great neutral mix. Simple as that! This is another reason why it's good to get to know our paints better. The easiest solution is sometimes so close!

So I got this color chart with browns. I haven't finished yet. There will be many more charts. I'm going to mix my browns with other colors and see what I can get. It was so relaxing to paint this, I could spend a whole day on doing it.

Speaking about the colors I also wrote a short pdf file with everything about the colors on my watercolor palette. Maybe not everything, but some essential things. It's the answer for a frequently asked question about the colors on my palette. If you are interested you can download the pdf file here.

I feel spring in the air. In shops spring flowers start to show up. I've recently bought yellow narcissus, hyacinth and beautiful tulips. Great treasures to paint!

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