The back of the drawerPosted: March 14, 2014
I thought it might be a good idea to clean out the drawer that holds all my tubes of paint. I know there are lots of colours in there that I never use — that are either leftovers from years ago or colours I have purchased recently but never tried. You know how that is. You see another painter’s palette, you take note of the colours they use so successfully and then you go out and buy them. But you never use them. I was about to make a colour chart of all those unused colours but I decided to sketch the contents of the drawer first… And then I did the swatch chart.
You can see the colours I found in the back of the drawer. Lots of reds and a bunch of blues and greens. The one I will most definitely try to use is the Perylene maroon, a beautiful dark red. The Holbein Mars Violet will go in the garbage (too dry, too brown and probably old) and the others will probably continue to reside in the back of the drawer. If you want to see a beautifully organized paint tube wall unit, have a look at what my Australian friend Liz Steel uses. I covet that setup but it seems it’s not available for purchase (it was lovingly constructed by Liz’s father!).