Here’s a pen and marker drawing of a trillium in black, grays, and brown…I did some contour lines, stippling, and cross hatching. I really enjoyed working on this – I may do a series of wild flowers: may apple, jack-in-the-pulpit, toad lily, lady slipper, etc.
(I’m not sure I like the title as part of the piece – so I’ve edited that out in paint.)
A simple painting on black paper with white gouache.
…And, having fun uploading jellyfish in black and white on Society 6
I made myself a handy little paintbrush rest (why buy something if you make it for free)! It keeps the wet brush tips off the table and it’s easier to pick up the brush I want when I’m painting! I made it from an old Jenga game piece and carved it to make the brush rest ; )
(shown with a recent painting of yellow cowslip)
What do you think? Better with the ink or without? I feel like the lines add definition, but maybe they’re just unnecessary and distract from the painting…I’m not sure. (Playing with the Sennelier l’Aquarelle sample cerulean blue.)
I LOVE these colors! I received the free sample HERE and was waiting to order extra half pans to put the paints in – not a drop is to be wasted! I opened them up today and did a color wheel:
They are vibrant, rich, smooth, luminescent…Sennelier’s La Aquarelle watercolors are lovely! I’m saving up to buy a set of artist grade watercolors…my treat to myself after using student grade watercolors for over a year (you know how I feel about those HERE). And I’ve narrowed it down to Sennelier or Schmincke. I’d like to get a sample of Schmincke’s paints to try too, but they don’t have that available!
The #12monthsofpaint challenge this month is Portrait…so a self portrait is in order! I thought a profile view might be fun. I got the basic lines down first, then decided to embellish it with flowers…I’ve got all the first colors down:
I’ll go back over it with layers of color and details – veins on the leaves etc…maybe add some ink lines here and there. I did fern, trillium, primrose, and jack-in-the-pulpit, and a sparrow.
I think this picture shows the canvas as it’s actual size! A little 2 inch canvas and mini easel! Mom gave it to me – Thanks Mom! Perfect for a little purple pansy flower ; )
A little primrose for the living room.
I’ve been using this set from Winsor & Newton since I got it new last year. I love the compact travel size, the variety of colors (I did substitute out a couple of the colors for my own favorites) are adequate for my needs, and it came with a lovely little travel brush – very nice. As you can see, it has space for a whole other row of half pans (or 4 whole pans). (The space had been filled with the travel brush an eraser and a pencil.)
The pans are held in place by these dividers, and if I had one more divider I could put in another row of paints – I thought this would be a great idea! So, I e-mailed Winsor & Newton to see if I could buy one…they don’t sell replacement/extra parts for this set – Boo!
So, I made one myself! I took a tupperware container and cut off a top edge that would fit in the slots. I bought empty half pans and put my tube paints in them to fill my row – voila – more space for paint (the other half-pans are still drying).
The half pans I ordered are slightly larger then Cotman’s. Oh well…it’s still going to work for now…eventually this set will get demoted from my studio set to my field set (when I order a bigger, artist grade set).
Now, to the actual review: I’ve put hours of use in this set and it has served me well. It is very good for student grade paints. I highly recommend this set for any beginner water-colorist. I am however saving up for a “bigger/better” set because, after a year of painting, I am outgrowing this set – as I paint more, I am growing to expect more from my paints.