i'm puttering around this morning deciding on my travel palette. and getting drunk on freesia scent. wherever i go the jar of flowers follow me! i am flat-out amazed at how many colors/shades/hues/whatever can be made with
9 little half pans. here's the 12 i have so far. W= windsor newton artist colors C= cotman windsor newton (student grade):
WN lemon yellow, C cad yellow, WN burnt sienna, WN quin gold, WN red, WN permanent rose, WN french ultra marine, WN cobalt, WN cobalt turquoise light, WN paynes grey, WN ivory black, C white.
along with 2 totally unnecessary since i can make them with the other colors: C purple lake & C viridian. but since i have 2 extra slots i added those. i can also make the grey & black, but it's ever so convenient not to.
and since you didn't ask, yes, there is a HUGE difference between the cotmans & the WN artist colors. WN are way more intense & rich. i ordered that little cotman set just for the palette, but filled it with different pans. those cotmans went to the koi sakura case. if you pull out the plastic palette holding the sakuras there are some half-pan and whole pan slots. by the way, i also saw a noticable difference between the cotmans and sakuras. cotmans are better. but i did get a lot of use out of my little sakura set – a year's worth!
in the end though i'm just a chimp with a watercolor brush in my gnarled leathery mitt. who, i might add, had a helluva fun time making mixing & splashing. what is so incredible to my chimp mind is how you can put 2 colors together like red & french ultra marine and get a color that is virtually black. say whaaat?! also the red + cobalt make such deep and delicious shades. oyvey!
in my usual haphazard method absent of any logic, i made this mishmosh palette to remind myself when i'm in holland of what makes what when paired with what.
it's possible that i got a little excited by the orangey russet red shades that look identical here. it's also possible that my dutch stamps arrived and i scanned them and blew them up and this was an extremely rewarding and titillating thing to do. everything's better bigger right? no? oh, okay.
see for yourself.
also at dawn i stumbled out of moss cottage and was rewarded with THIS spectacle of epiphylum blooms gone wild.
okay well enough about ME. what's shakin' bacon?