March panoramaPosted: March 2, 2016
I haven’t done an official count of sunny vs. cloudy days in February, but it certainly feels like the cloudy ones have outnumbered the sunny ones. When a few moments of sun coincided with a break I had between classes, I seized the moment to run upstairs at school and paint from my favourite picture window. Instead of my full palette, I had a travel box of Van Gogh watercolours with me. These are student grade paints and I’m not that keen on them, but I do love the Cerulean Blue in this set. A little research into why I like this blue has uncovered that it’s actually a Phthalo Blue mixed with a little white (for pigment nerds it’s PB15/PW6), so it has the deep staining quality of a much more intense colour than the pastel Cerulean we usually think of (PB35 or 36).
If you are interested in learning more about the colours in your paint box there are two excellent sources I always refer to, and I often mention them on these pages. Australian artist Jane Blundell has an incredible passion for everything about colour in watercolour, so when I want to look at a painted sample of a colour I might want to purchase, I check out her info first. (Jane is also giving a workshop at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester this summer.) The other wealth of information comes from handprint.com. Bruce MacEvoy’s website approaches watercolour from a super scientific perspective. Click on the colour wheel and you’ll find out anything you want to know about paper, brushes, paints and colour theory. And be prepared to spend some serious time on both of these sites.