I worked today for a while and I'm having moments where I'm really happy with it and then other moments where I don't like it; that happens a lot during the painting process. I didn't oil out today because it wasn't completely dry from last time, but I have to remember to oil out for next time to ease the painting process.
Have a great weekend everyone!
This painting is going extremely well and I'm so happy that I restarted and am using my own style. I also set up my palette of colors based on the colors I like using. I don't like having a very complicated palette with too many colors because it makes painting feel like a chore. Painting should be fun (most of the time). Now I need to let this painting dry so I can oil out and paint again.
Here's my current color palette:
-Cadmium Yellow Light
-Chrome Yellow Deep
-Emerald Green (Veronese)
-Van Dyke Brown
Just had a sudden realization that I was "counting the strokes" with my recent commission. I was focusing on technique rather than just trying to paint. As a result of this, I'm going back to the way I used to paint early on in my career. My own technique has developed out of just purely wanting to paint; not thinking too much about the "how".
Below, are two underpaintings that are about 10 years apart. The one on the left is a self portrait from around 2010 and the one on the right is my new portrait commission that I restarted tonight. I'm going back to myself and my own way of doing things.
I've been painting a lot of watercolors recently and have been using a wide range of paints. I've tried Jack Richeson Watercolor Sets, Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors, among others. I always found that the watercolors felt too opaque even when I did light washes of color. I knew something was just wrong with the way the paint was handling. I thought it was my own way of using the paint, but then I discovered Winsor & Newton's Professional Watercolor Pan Sets.
I had read that John Singer Sargent used Winsor & Newton pan watercolors, which prompted me to buy myself a set of half pan professional watercolors for Christmas. One of my first watercolor sets was a really small W&N set of 8 or so colors way back when I was an early teenager, but most of my watercolors lately have been painted using a Jack Richeson pan set.
The beauty of the W&N pan set is that the colors are light and transparent. They have a certain airy quality to them that I haven't found in other companies. The colors are very rich, even after they dry; I've noticed some other watercolors dry with a very chalky look to them.
Of course, with any art supply, it won't automatically make you a master painter. But it does really help to find materials that work for you. I want to emphasis that last part by saying that you should test out a bunch of different paints because you might not like this set, but you'll only find that out by painting.
Paintings below were painted using the W&N 24 color half pan set
*This is not a paid endorsement for Winsor & Newton. I am writing this as a fan of their watercolor pan sets.