Friday, September 29, 2006

Color II (Ivory black)



More black and guess what? Although it doesn't show very well here, Ivory Black mixes well and gives a nice color so throw away the old taboos and try it!

Color I

Today I decided to explore the boundaries of green. Tube green is harsh and unnatural. I find it very jarring, but when mixed with its complement (red) it is subdued a bit and produces excellent natural colors that you can find in nature. The colors mixed here are (Greens: Phth. Green W&N/ Perm. Green Maimeri Bleu / Cadmium Green Maimeri Bleu) all mixed with Englsih Red Maimeri Bleu.

I also tried using Ivory black (a no-no in watercolors among the purists) but here, mixed with Perm. Alz. Crim. It gives a delicate black to gray and a subdued shadowy purple. Black is much maligned, but if you use it WITH color, it is rich and a much more natural color than Paynes Gray or neutral tint.

Next I will mix Black with the browns to see the effect. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Back in July I had a chance to run into this famous lady in Vancouver, British Colombia. Do you recognize her?