River Bend Summer
This is the first painting I did using the color chart. I really like the way the Primateks granulated in the trees...A nice effect I think. I also used Pearlescent white on the tree trunks to give the effect the sycamores give when you look at them. They seem to glow. To the left of the painting I listed all of the colors I used painting this picture so I wouldn't forget.
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Try It Color Chart
Primateks, Quinacridones and Cadmiums
The 66 color chart is a great way to try out all the colors without buying the tube. I got mine at Binders for about $5. Primateks are quite expensive. Lapis Lazuli can cost $30 in an art store...$20 on Amazon.
Now I know which Primateks I like and which ones I don't think I want. What did I like about the Primateks? I liked the way they granulated and that they were very transparent. Even used in heavy applications they retained their transparency.
I had been really wanting Lapis Lazuli. Now I don't. Its neither as bright or dark as I thought it would be. I do want the greens and two of the other blues - Sodalite, Blue Agatite, Diopside, Jadeite and Serpentine. I have Hematite and Piemonite.
I already own all of the Quinacridones and just love the bright pops of color they give and I have New Gamboge which I use frequently- a perfect color for sycamores this time of the year.
Pearlescent, Iridescents and Duochromes
Stay tuned for Part 2 Tomorrow...two paintings done with the paints.