Inspired by Olivia's sponge wash challenge, I decided to combine that with my examination of pigments this week.
I fell in love with Quinacridone Gold the first time I used it. It immediately became a cornerstone of my palette because of the range it covers - from pale gold when its quite dilute, to rich dark golden colour when its concentrated.
Last week I discovered that my local art supply shop now stocks Daniel Smith watercolours. Perfect! I now have a stock of glorious quinacridone colours I'll be trying over the next couple of weeks. Expect to see my whole treasure trove of quin colours.
Quinacridone colours are synthetic pigments. They are transparent, have excellent light fastness and are vibrant and punchy.
|Arches watercolour journal entry for Daniel Smith Quinacridone Gold, and Quinacridone Deep Gold|
|Sponged Quinacridone Gold on wet paper, followed by sponged Quinacridone Deep Gold on dry paper|
|Spray water to activate the Quinacridone Deep Gold|
I felt the hard edges of the Quinacridone Deep Gold were too harsh in contrast to the softness of the earlier sponge wash on wet paper. So I sprayed over the trees a couple of times from a distance of about 30cm to gently soften the edges.
|Final painting after addition of Pthalo blue|
Add some darker blue with a brush along the lower edge of the trees to create a heirarchy of light and shade, then add the trunks and and pale gold wash into which the tree roots can burrow. The final layer after drying is simply the addition of fine detail in Pthalo Blue.
I can't wait to try my other new quin colours, but it will have to wait until the weekend.