Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Blaze in the Marsh, watercolor landscape painting, Jan Blencowe

copyright 2009, Jan Blencowe
 A Blaze in the Marsh, watercolor, 8x10
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I'm having a fine time puddling around with my new Daniel Smith watercolors! I knew that once I switched from only using oil paint and branched out into acrylics that watercolor could not be far behind. I've always loved water media but have never found much satisfaction in what most of us think of as traditional watercolor painting. That's working on an absorbant rag paper, using only transparent color without the addition of white and relying on saving the white of the paper for the lightest value.

Ever since I heard David Dunlop talk about lost 19th century techinques for watercolor painting which include working on a prepared, non-absorbant surface, using thick paint with very little water, using titanium white and stiff brushes, I have been absolutely captivated.

Here's my color chart: New Gamboge, Burgundy Yellow Ochre, Green Apatite Genuine, Serpentine Genuine, Tiger's Eye Genuine, Quinacridone Deep Gold, Italian Deep Ochre, Sedona Genuine, Genuine Lapiz Lazuli, Bloodstone Genuine, Rose of Ultramarine.

The long bands show the color tinted with water only, the shorter bands show each color tinted with titanium white.

Since these paints and colors are new to me I tried to stick with a very limited palette. This is what I chose for today's exercise, along with descriptions of the colors from the Daniel Smith website. For my blue I used some cerulean I had on hand because the lapiz lazuli is a bit tricky to work with, it even came with a note from Daniel Smith explaining it honey like binder and suspended mineral pigment. Still learning how to use that one. 

The reason I'm including the color descriptions is because many of these are from the Daniel Smith new Prima Tak line of natural mineral pigment paints and I find the descriptions absolutely fascinating!

Quinacridone Deep Gold
Transparency and intensity are the hallmarks of our reknowned Quinacridone colors. Quinacridone Deep Gold is more orange than Quinacridone Gold, and more yellow than Quinacridone Burnt Orange. It's an incredibly ruddy golden-orange, a vibrant and exciting alternative to Burnt Sienna.

Tiger's Eye Genuine
Tiger's Eye Genuine is made from the brownish-gold stone with rippling bands of light that remind you of cat's eyes. The gemstone, a member of the quartz family, is geolically stained with dark iron oxide creating the distinctive bands and markings called the chatoyant effect. The combination of quartz and iron oxide produces a remarkable paint that is very transparent and non-staining. as well as strongly colored and granulating. The color is olive drab with undertones of cool ash brown. With great textural effects combined with versatile color, this will quickly become a staple of your palette.

Bloodstone Genuine
Bloodstone is legendary for its mystical, magical and medicinal properties. Sacred to Christians, who believe the dark red drops in this green jasper represent the blood of Christ, Bloodstone comes from our line of superb PrimaTek naturally pigmented watercolors.
Its intense and velvety aubergine mass tone develops into a warm gray wash that lifts beautifully and provides immediate gratification when it comes to granulation, be it on hot- or cold-pressed paper.

New Gamboge
It's a transparent organic pigment from the yellow to orange zone of your color wheel. More staining than Yellow Ochre and equal in tinting ability to Raw Sienna. It's a good substitute for those colors when transparency is desired while avoiding thick, muddy passages.
plus some cerulean I had on hand and titanium white


becky joy said...

I used to use DS watercolors when I did watercolors. They are absolutely wonderful. Very clean and fresh colors. Love them.

AutumnLeaves said...

I love watercolor paintings. I also love the color chart you've done! So far the top painting hasn't loaded for me but I just know it is a beauty!

Jan Blencowe said...

I'm not sure what's up with the picture not loading??!!

I'm also hearing from folks who get the Poetic Landscape in their inbox each day that the text is overlapping the paintings Yikes!

I'm going to try and find out what's causing bith these things and get them fixed!