Thursday, April 06, 2006

EDM 61 Grouping


My 'real' paints arrived today! I purchased a dozen Winsor-Newton artist watercolors as well as some Fabriano Artistico 140# coldpress paper. I decided to 'test drive' the paints and paper while meeting this challenge.

I grabbed three lemons from my refrigerator (gee, it's so good to be home!!), cleaned out my portable pallet, and used a pencil to sketch the lemons and some of their values. I used cad yellow, olive green, French ultramarine and burnt sienna to paint them.

MERCY! WHAT A DIFFERENCE! The paints were like butter, especially on THIS paper ... they actually FLOWED on the paper .... evenly ... cleanly ... I could add water and yet keep a consisent coloring! I could add several glazes without puddling or shifting (too much) the layer underneath. MY GOODNESS ... why did I wait so long!

I'm pretty pleased with this sketch and the watercolor ... and my new toys!

23 comments:

Lisa said...

Congratulations on your new paints, and on this vivid lemon drawing with really nice surface texture! I know just what you're talking about with those paints -- the difference between night and day. Enjoy!

starrgirl's world said...

oh Lin, the lemons are lovely! and truly like "buttah"! How fun for you to have them flow out of the brush like that! And where did you get the paints may I ask??

karen said...

What a difference great supplies makes, eh? Keep up the good work, Lin!

Eva said...

Lin, I love them and your discription of the joy of painting them! Wow! I think I'll go paint!

Donn said...

Oh yes, they do make a difference! Nice lemons, just right for lemonade today, it was in the upper 80's! Glad you were able to get the paints and paper. They do make a difference.

Sioux said...

They are beautiful. I just got my new Daniel Smith tubes, and they are lusious, as well.

Alison said...

All the tiny little dots just make it for me. Well done Lin

Julie Oakley said...

This illustration and your description is enough to persuade anyone of the false economy of student grade materials

Penny said...

These look terrific, I must say I love my Windsor and Newton Artist paints, they do make such a difference. Must make some time to paint, been ill and very busy with textile stuff.
Cheers Penny in South australia

Laura said...

Lin, I'm so happy you've bought supplies that are commensurate with the quality of your work! Cheap paints are so depressing---you feel as if you're talking with a mouthful of cotton---everything comes out dull and limp. You'll have fun with these on the Asheville sketchcrawl! Have a wonderful time and can't wait to see and hear all about it!

SCquiltaddict said...

Lovely Lemons...great detail and shading...know how excited you are with your new paints...going to draw my sewing machine BEFORE I start sewing...

mw said...

I never regret money spent on good supplies; always worth it in the end. Enjoy!

Love the lemons.

Felicity said...

Just beautiful Lin!! Loved your description on EDM - hope you have loads of fun with your new paints!

Sue said...

Love your lemons and your words. Congrats, Sue

Marilyn said...

Lin,
I love our sense of humor. Your lemons are delicious looking. Isn't it fun to get really good art supplies that give you the desired effect?

Kate said...

Oh Lin! I am SO GLAD you've taken this well-deserved step! As you so often and so generously say to others, BRAVA! THey're wonderful...

Cathy and Raymond said...

Lin, I have also ordered some WN paints as I only have Cotman which is a student grade of WN. I hope I am as pleased as you are. Love your lemons!

Teri C said...

BEAUTIFUL job Lin! But, it is still YOU handling them to make beautiful art!

Need any more lemons, organges or grapefruit? They grow like weeds around here and people give themm away or end up throwing them away.

Carole said...

These lemons actually made my mouth water! Wonderful colours, and very well painted.

Carol Bonomo said...

You're squeeling in color. And all your friends at Everydaymatters are smiling with you. GREAT work! Like the inner artist came out with a roar.

Terri said...

Oh these are fabulous!! :o))

Desiree said...

Beautiful Lin, wow how exciting, new art supplies, what could be better! Enjoy

Linda said...

Lin -- I'm so behind on EVERYTHING that I'm just now reading about your new paints and seeing this particular post of lemons. I don't know HOW I missed this, but I did! New supplies are so exciting when they are good -- and you are really using these to their full advantage.