One persons attempt to become a good artist painting in watercolour, experiences along the way and discussion of all things connected with it.
Thursday, 24 December 2020
Happy Xmas and a Much Better New Year!
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
New Schminke Watercolours
Schminke, spurred on no doubt by Daniel Smith, have increased their range even further and now offer 150 plus paints. The latest are 15 granulating paints. These are called 'Galaxy, Glacier, Deep Sea, Forest and Tundra. This isn't a comprehensive review as I haven't tried these paints and at £13.80 for a 15ml tube - the only size available - it costs over £200 for the full set! As one of the leaders of the campaign against extortionate watercolour prices I wouldn't would I but apparently enough do to justify them. These paints are all of two or more pigments. Many - not all - are fairly basic pigments with various blacks in many and also Ultramarine Blue. This is described as a 'limited edition' which always seems to be the excuse for increasing the prices. I haven't given all the names as I became confused (83 next week 😄) when trying to sort them out and not wanting to print misinformation so suggest , if you are interested and they do look interesting, go to Jacksons art blog. There is a good article profusely illustrated by a Russian artist called Anna Zadorozhnaya. It's an excellent piece but a caveat - she is a 'Schminke ambassador' -and is effusive in her praise. I think Schminke are one of the best ranges of watercolour paints but again are now very pricey. I might be tempted at some stage with one or two. The swatches on the art blog are much larger and give a better impression of the paints. I like the look of some but not all.
Thursday, 10 December 2020
And still they come.
Sunday, 6 December 2020
I came across this company - basically a one-woman business I think - selling an interesting selection of watercolours under the name of "Honeybee Pigments. Apart from the 'majors' there has been a trend in recent years for small businesses to start up selling what are often referred too as 'Artisan Watercolours' meaning basically that they are hand-made. Perhaps a business that breaches thie gap between them and the majors in Roman Szmal in Poland, although he may be on the verge of expansion with a large range already.
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
What a panorama!
Friday, 27 November 2020
Here are my latest all 16" x 12" or 15" x 11"