Just to mix it up a bit, I've put the Quinacridones on hold for a week and shared one of my favourite funky colours from Daniel Smith.
I've always been drawn to blues. I have more blues in my palette than any other colour, and its a colour that features in most of my paintings. Daniel Smith's Lunar Blue is one of those paints that, for the right painting, brings something a little but special.
As you can see from the colour swatch in my colour journal, this is a combination of a black and a blue pigment. The blue is a bright turquoise and the high granulation of the black pigment allows the blue to shine through.
|Arches watercolour journal entry for Daniel Smith Lunar Blue|
|Lunar Blue in the palette. Once its wet, the granulation is visible before it even hits the paper|
|Lunar Blue, Ultramarine Violet and Ceruleam Blue|
|Lunar Blue Treescape|
I finished the exploration of Lunar Blue with a Treescape painted solely in Lunar Blue. By starting with a dilute wash at the top of the page, going in with more concentrated pigment as I came down the page, and tilting the paper to get the black granulating well, the distant landscape was established. Then going in with a second layer of much denser pigment in the foreground, and less dense pigment to create some finer detail in the mid-ground, the landscape takes shape.
Daniel Smith Lunar Blue can be a very dramatic colour. And when it's appropriate to use, it can be used as a monochrome, but finishes as a two-colour work.