Wednesday, February 2, 2011

30 Lessons Learned, #17: There are Still New Favorite Colors to be Found

Finding new favorite colors is one of life's greatest joys--especially when you've been painting for a while and think there are no new colors left to meet. I am always intrigued by watercolors and how each paint reacts uniquely to other pigments, to water, to drying, etc.

There are all kinds of philosophies about using watercolor paint. The one book that I go back to again and again is Transparent Watercolor Wheel. And may I just say, holy moly, I must not be the only person who feels that way. I just realized that the book is out of print and getting pretty darn expensive. (Not only did it teach me how to paint, it might pay for my retirement as well.)

For the watercolor buffs out there, I want to share a couple of my new favorite colors:
Manganese blue, Holbein
Mineral violet, Holbein
Raw umber, Winsor Newton

Speaking of favorites, I wanted to share a couple of fun tidbits:
1. I am the recipient of two beautiful hand made cards from my blogging friend Jane. She held a contest and I was a lucky winner. I can't wait to see them in person. Jane also makes stunning jewelry.
2. My friend Cindy Ann Ganaden featured yours truly on her blog this past week. Cindy is an amazing illustrator. Her sketchbook stories focus on artists' inspiration -- they are definitely worth a look.


Jane said...

Hi Bethanie, those new colours have such great names. Thanks for the mention here and I hope your parcel arrives really soon...?
Your friend's blog was great to read. Your book publication is like waiting for a baby to be born...real excitement and expectation but a rather longer "pregnancy" that the real thing ;0)
Jane x

Jack Foster said...

Congrats Bethanie and great post about fave colors!

Bethanie Murguia said...

You're right about the pregnancy Jane. I remember thinking that 9 (10?) months was FOREVER. This is a whole new lesson in patience. :) I know I left a note on your blog, too, but just wanted to say thank you again for the beautiful cards. I'm looking forward to finding an occasion worthy of giving them away. Thanks for stopping in and saying hi, Jack!

Shirley said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful post about you Bethanie! And Buglette looks like it will be a HIT!! I can't wait to get my hands on one. I know my girls will love it too. And oh yes, colors...very cool. Thank you for sharing these!