All in a row

This morning, straight from the paint drawer, a tube of Perylene Green. I’m pretty certain I’ve used it on my palette before because the tube is squished down to almost empty, but again, using it on its own makes me realize that I don’t know much about it. It’s a blackish green, almost grey when diluted. Probably wonderful for dark green foliage although I tend to mix most of my own greens when painting outdoors. I’ve only just started this little project, but I intend to work each spread in my sketchbook the same way: one tube of paint, no preliminary drawing with pencil or ink (hence the wonky bottles), a simple subject and hopefully a little discovery of colour each day.



42 Comments on “All in a row”

  1. Jane Hannah says:

    Brilliant outcome and brilliant idea Shari -)


  2. Susan says:

    Great project, Shari.


  3. bmweeks says:

    I’ve been refreshing my palettes lately and love this idea!


  4. Ginger DeValue says:

    Thank you for this idea. It’s a brilliant way to see how a paint behaves in a variety of strengths and different painting applications.


  5. Alison says:

    You say “wonky”, I say “lovely”. As always, the drawing skills are in evidence. Great sketchbook idea.


  6. Chris Rusk says:

    This piece reminds me of vintage illustration and photography from the 40’s & early 50’s.
    The colour is so intriguing – thanks for sharing it!


  7. Barbara Beynon says:

    Using one color per sketch as a way of getting to know your paints in a new way is a great idea–I may have to steal it! I’m not familiar with Perilyne Green and like the look of it a lot. Worked really well as a monochromatic sketch, I think.


  8. mayelalameda says:

    Fabulous exercise Shari. Love the highlights.


  9. Sigrun says:

    What a great idea – love to see what you come up with!


  10. anne farmer says:

    wonky bottles delightful!

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  11. TonyU says:

    Dedication + Self Discipline + Voyage of Discovery = Respect x 100


  12. Pam Lopez says:

    Oh, Shari, there’s always so much to learn from you! I love the idea of discovering the potential of each colour new a monochromatic study. That would be one way way for me to ‘get to know’ my colours more intimately.
    Was the lightest color also a product of the Perylene Green?


    • Hi Pam. Now that we have met, it is so nice to hear from you on the blog. Glad you like this! The lightest colour was also Perylene Green. Isn’t it a beautiful colour for a light wash?


  13. Judy Sopher says:

    I don’t see wonky. I love it. I also had no idea about perylene green.I do like the color. Do I really need to buy more paints? I tried doing a painting of my dog with one color and it was pretty poor. But I like the idea of having no drawing first.


    • Judy, you don’t need to buy new paints. The point of this is just to get to know better what you already have.


      • Judy Sopher says:

        Shari, you are right about exploring what you have. But when I see a color that is so appealing–I am lost. I am learning that some of these colors I don’t have can be made by mixing–tho may not be an exact match.


  14. Ren says:

    Love this plan!


  15. Suzanne Tractenberg says:

    Love it! Great idea and will pass on to my sketch group.. Thanks! Suzanne in San Diego

    Sent from my iPad



  16. joantav says:

    It is amazing how good a watercolor sketch looks in one color paint…and done with your hands of course. This is a great idea and is a good way to learn about the qualities of each paint.


  17. Bernadette says:

    What a great way to learn more about the colors in your box….some might be there that have seldom if ever been used. Looks like it would make a wonderful assignment for your students too! I will definitely try this out! Thanks for the inspiration.


  18. loisajay says:

    You do wonky beautifully, Shari.


  19. angmacleod says:

    Super cute sketch!! PG is a big favorite of Marc’s! I first heard of it from him.
    It is the one green color I use most on my palette!


  20. Dee Ludwig says:

    I love this color…and the bottles are not wonky to me!


  21. I am so enamored by watercolor. Through my internet surfing I am constantly surprised and delighted by it’s ability to be looked at in a new light. Your bottles with one color is a perfect example of the depth of variety from watercolor, and it’s pleasant revelations. Thank you for sharing another way to see.
    Laurie Dodge Paci


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