Monday, January 21, 2013

Setting up your Palette

   

I am often asked how to set up a palette. 
You will get many different answers because each artist is individual and it's really personal.

Some set it up with complementary colors on  either side of the palette, other artists by temperature etc etc. I originally set mine up by the family of color- yellows, reds etc. starting with the colors I use most often,  then leaving empty wells in between so I could fill them with colors I might try later. I keep all of my extra colors in tubes.

Some artists fill their wells with color and let them dry in between paintings (which I don't I like fresh color because it moves better)  if I still have color left in my well after painting I cover it with the lid. If it dries, 
before starting the next painting. I will add another fresh squirt  to the existing color (about the size of a Lima bean).

When teaching a workshop I don't expect the students to have their palette set up exactly the I do (If they can, it's great) but if they are already familiar with their pallet I would prefer them to place the colors that we are using as a class and put them where it makes sense to them. Otherwise it can be one more distraction during the learning process.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


My 2013 Watercolor Workshop Schedule is now available on my website





Friday, January 18, 2013

In progress the next DVD "Rocks Sand & Sea Glass"


I'm very excited,  working on my next DVD "Rocks Sand & Sea Glass" it is FULL of information and techniques that I may have to break it into two parts. I am also thinking about offering as an online workshop, but before I do any of that I need to finish it.
 I'll keep you posted



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