Color Stories from Winsor & Newton

Two Magentas Permanent Magenta is from the family of aniline dyes which were derived originally from natural vegetable indigo.  An international race was on in the 1800’s to determine the potential of synthetic colors.  It was eventually discovered that several colors had the same substance in common, so they were thereafter referred to as aniline dyes.The name Magenta honors the… Continue reading Color Stories from Winsor & Newton

Arteza Markers

I recently received a gift of some Arteza Brush Pen Markers.  These are described as Blendable Water-Based Ink.  You may have seen ads for this product all over social media.  Normally I am suspicious of such ads, but after meeting a fellow artist who had ordered some, I put these on my wishlist as well.… Continue reading Arteza Markers

Atmospheric Landscapes- Commonweal Lesson

I hadn’t managed to complete this exercise from Atmospheric Landscapes the first time around.  It looked intimidating and I procrastinated a long time. It was actually the only painting I hadn’t attempted, but since that first course. But Birgit O’Connor continuesto add content to existing courses(which is another good reason to sign up . I… Continue reading Atmospheric Landscapes- Commonweal Lesson

Materials – Watercolor Pencil and Mixed Media paper

I should mention the medium for the previous post since it was an eye-opening experience in itself. I used the Marine Assortment set of Caran D’arch Museum watercolor pencils on Strathmore Mixed Media paper. I don’t know why I haven’t thought to use pencil on the smoother Mixed Media paper before. This time I found… Continue reading Materials – Watercolor Pencil and Mixed Media paper

Local Resources for a Father’s Day Project

In between completing the Atmospherics Landscapes class, I decided to hand-paint a Father’s Day card.  There’s a fairly good little art store within walking distance of the marina, Good Stuff Arts.  We are even given a coupon for 10% off this local business when we check into Cap Sante marina.  They do carry my favorite Pro… Continue reading Local Resources for a Father’s Day Project

Golden Mist

This painting was deceptively difficult.  The idea was to create a misty landscape and imbue it with a golden glow by a glazing it with Quinacridone Gold.  I had a tough time getting a good balance between soft and hard edges as witnessed by my first attempt.  I got the color stuck in some places… Continue reading Golden Mist

Atmospheric Landscapes

I have been enjoying my second go-round in Birgit O’Connor’s online course, Atmospheric Landscapes.  I’m grateful that Birgit is one of the many successful artists and instructors who has also mastered the technology of online teaching. If you haven’t seen her website, I encourage you to visit.  She offers many different ways for students of… Continue reading Atmospheric Landscapes

Camel Hair Brushes

I recently was given some very old brushes.  I thought it would be no problem looking up the manufacturer’s series number since they were still clearly visible on the handles.  However, I quickly found that a Google search yielded very little information My husband pointed out that these brushes were probably made and discontinued before… Continue reading Camel Hair Brushes