Since today’s prompt was “rainbows,” I thought a fun experiment would be the opposite of a limited palette and I would paint using all 18 colors in my tiny little Joe Miller travel palette (the original has 12, but I added 6 more half pans). I would never recommend using all of your colors at once, but it was fun to play around and splash through them all and to rewet colors that I rarely ever use (sorry Sap Green, and you’re barely used here once again). And there really wasn’t a better model for such an experiment than a glass bowl full of candy. Not just any candy, of course, but that lovely hard candy that grandma always had. The kind that was almost too beautiful to sample and so usually ended up getting a little soft and stuck together in clumps. It was mostly meant to be decorative, I think, and to give off an inviting appearance that reflects good upbringing. I never much cared for the candy, but it was definitely a lovely centerpiece.
Sometimes, I’ve thought about having a bowl of candy like this one sitting out, but we don’t get enough visitors to impress so I haven’t done so. And I’m thinking I would actually sample them more than I should, so it’s probably for the best. I did get an odd silver reindeer bowl at Christmas with the intent of filling it with starlight mints. Not only did I fail to fill it, I failed to return it to the closet, so it’s still sitting on the table and now holds the remotes for the Luminara candles. I’m looking at it now thinking I should probably put it away and bring it back out for the holidays. But failing a better plan for those remotes, I think I’ll just leave well enough alone. I’m not really really sure where this stream of consciousness is leading me, but there are times when logic leaves us and those can be some of the most wonderful moments of all.
There’s just a couple days left of World Watercolor Month and it’s been an amazing month indeed! My favorite part has been hearing from so many people who have used the month to get back into painting again or to start for the very first time. Yay! And just a reminder that if you want some 2017 souvenirs of the event, they’ll only be on sale through August 1st, so click here to shop now (as always 100% of proceeds go to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation). And I once again have something wonderful for some of you. Today, I have the last 8 watercolour marker samples from our official sponsor Winsor & Newton for anyone who hasn’t yet gotten one of these. Simply leave a comment below directly on doodlewash.com and add the phrase “I Love Color!” to let me know you want one. And, as for me, I’m off to enjoy a lovely evening as Philippe is making mussels and I do believe there’s a bottle of champagne in the fridge. I’m thinking it’s a perfect excuse to celebrate, since I just used all the colors in my palette.
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M. Graham Watercolors: Azo Yellow, Gamboge, Quinacridone Gold, Azo Orange, Quinacridone Rose, Pyrrol Red, Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Teal, Cobalt Blue, Sap Green, Phthlocyanine Green, Azo Green, Burnt Sienna, Nuetral Tint, Permanent Green Pale, Quinacridone Rust, Peyrelene Maroon. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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