Lunar BluePosted: January 16, 2019
I’ve been waiting for a coating of snow on the wheelbarrow to try out a tube of Daniel Smith Lunar Blue watercolour that I received last year at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Porto.
Here is the Daniel Smith description of the colour: The fabric of the night sky glides off the brush in this heavenly shade. Granulating lunar black floats above a phthalo undertone, perfect for capturing a moonlit sky. Inky as midnight, or diffused as the moon on water, semi-transparent Lunar Blue lifts beautifully, leaving behind a mere shadow of itself. This moody watercolor is sure to delight.
I painted a few swatches first and it did delight, so I moved on to a sketch. Of course if you have Lunar Black and Phthalo Blue, you can mix this yourself.
When you first squeeze out the paint on your palette, you’ll think that it’s a very dark paint, but in fact it’s quite light when you start to work with it. It took many layers of wash to get the values right. When you add water to it, it looks very grey. The blue is much more obvious when you paint with it.
Look closely at the swatches too. You’ll see that the staining Phthalo blue and the granular Lunar Black separate as they dry. That creates quite a beautiful effect — one that expresses perfectly the quiet of a snowy day. The only drawback that I found: because it’s a pigment with a lot of subtlety, I had some problems scanning the sketch. As soon as I brightened the whites, all the pale blues disappeared. But maybe you are better in Photoshop than I am!