Mine is all of my media! Whatever I am currently painting with.
I have painted with acrylics for more than 35 years, because when I enrolled in a paining class at TAFE im 1980, I was so allergic to the other artists' oil paints, my eyes swelled shut and my asthma flared up. Sadly, I had to leave the class.
Acrylic paints to the rescue
Back then, the quality of the readily available acrylic paints was not so hot, but still made painting an enjoyable pastime. Student colours by Chroma are now pretty good quality, and are used by quite well known artists here in Australia.
Watercolours have no strong smell
My favourite watercolour paint comes from Art Spectrum. These Aussie paints are juicy and full of pigment. The range has many colours that I know you will love. There is a Landscape set, and a Starter set, both of which I have bought. The Starter set incudes a mixing palette, 12 tubes of colour, sponge, assorted brushes, all in a lovely wooden box.
I painted the picture at right, and lots of others, with these delicious paints.
If you are wanting to buy some wonderful, juicy, watercolours, you would be extremely happy with these. More of my favourite painting media next time.
Kandos Painters group had an exhibition over the centenary of Kandos weekend in October. I sold a painting on opening night. My first real attempt at abstract art which is my current fascination. Entitled “Desert Skins”, it has several different textural media in the background, which reminded me of snake skins, sand, bark, etcetera. One of the members who also sold a painting on opening night, said later, “Now we are real artists!” Other paintings I entered in the show were these: I am back painting again after a stressful time with my mother’s and my health issues. Feels good!
I bought a great book, recommended by Samie Harding (journalgirl.com), called Flavor for Mixed Media by Mary Beth Shaw. (You can buy your printed copy or a Kindle version from the links at the bottom of this post. I get a small commission which I use to help pay for my website costs.)
Using two colours opposite on the colour wheel, although the exercises show three, I began to play with tints and shades. My favourite colour scheme is blue-green and red-orange in all their flavours.
The two colours were scraped onto the page and blended together, using an old credit card. I added circles in tints and tones by adding black, white or each other and then lastly, used a fat Copic to add the ‘screen’ and a white Uniball pen, as well as a fine Sharpie for the doodlings.
Here is the palette after I finished with the page.
And my finished page:
Thank you Samie for talking about this great book. More experiments to come.