when i paint swatches with my watercolors they're usually on the small side.
i decided to make these ultra thick stripes so i could really get a closer look at the paint.
someone gave me the quin pink, but it's too close to permanent rose for me to justify buying.
the quin burnt scarlet & quin burnt orange are new.
i tried them for a few months and decided they'd be a good addition to my palette.
it's a good idea to share colors with friends for just that try-before-you-buy reason.
pyroll orange is a color i didn't try first. i knew i didn't have the paint needed to mix such a vibrant orange. same thing with the opera rose. both excellent purchases.
i may not buy the monte amiata again because it's too close to quin gold.
i think it's good to use roomy sheets of watercolor paper for a study of this kind. more room to play.
neat swatches in a sketchbook remind me of what my current palette holds, but they aren't the same as giant stripes of juicy color.
i might punch a hole in these sheets and keep them on a ring. wouldn't that be a good idea?
okay back to my watercolor playground. i've got some yellows & browns to explore!
i received an excellent question from monica enriquez de castillo (isn't that a beautiful name?) in mexico. here's her question & my answer. i repost them below because in case you wondered the same thing.
Q Hi Mary Ann...LOVE your blog and everything you make.
Please explain me the difference between a sketchbook and a visual journal...
A i can only tell you the difference between a sketchbook & visual journal from my perspective as everyone might have their own definitions. a sketchbook is a visual journal in that it contains sketches that form a narrative. a visual journal is the same, but to me a visual or art journal is a much broader term. i think of a sketchbook as more of an illustrated journal.
the key difference are the illustrations/sketches/drawings. i like my sketchbooks to contain MOSTLY things i have drawn & painted, but what i think of as my visual journals contain mostly non-representational doodling with paint/pattern making/mark making/collage/ paper that may or may not contain images that represent something specific from my life. sometimes however i do have drawings/sketches in my visual journal but MOSTLY they are a free-for-all/anything goes/mixed media playground.
i happen to have a brain that likes categories so i prefer to keep the 2 separate. when i look through my sketchbook i like for it to look like an illustrated journal of my life and/or a history of my experiments with drawing & painting. i’m much more focused on the quality of my lines and the behavior of my paint in my sketchbooks.