|Dog Bed Squatter 9x7 Watercolor on paper|
When I get in a bit of a rut, or feel like I can't reign my focus in to finish paintings that are oh-so-close-but-now-what, I take a break & work on something simpler, but still productive, or something that adds to my arsenal of artists' tools.
Color charts are always a good exercise, so if you can't finish that painting staring at you from the easel, you can at least grab a brush, and push pigments around to make charts from your paint inventory - to get familiar with what each color (and manufacturer) does in various ratios, partnered with other colors.
|I painted a quick frame of reference for the three |
blacks (from three manufacturers) I have in watercolor tubes
|I took a painting class with Bill Patterson in college, and I still |
remember his love for the gradients between Cerulean
Blue and Cad Red. (This version is Winsor Newton.)
|Color charts in my studio (some are three-hole punched & kept in a binder)|
In 1868, when she was 24, Mary Cassatt had her 1st painting accepted in the Paris Salon. Back in the US, her brother wrote to his fiance: "Mary is in high spirits for being accepted in the annual exhibit in Paris, and not only has it been accepted, but it has been hung on the line (eye level). Her art name is Mary Stevenson, under which I suppose she expects to become famous, poor child." A. Effeny