Using pansPosted: July 28, 2013
In my Barcelona goodie bag of sketchbooks and other gifts from symposium sponsors I found a little kit of Van Gogh watercolour pans. The box contains a tiny travel brush and twelve colours (a warm and cool version of each of the primaries, a warm and a cool green, yellow ochre and burnt sienna, plus Payne’s grey and Chinese white.) I am used to squeezing out fresh tube colours into my palette but decided to give these a try on my last day in Tossa de Mar. My criticism of pans is often because I see people using colours that look like they’ve been left out in the desert sun for weeks — dried up, cracked, and needing gallons of water to reconstitute. But these little paints were soft and fresh and the colour was fully saturated with the addition of not too much water. The Van Gogh pigments aren’t exactly what I am used to but I enjoyed the unpredictability of the results.