|"My Sunny Valentine" 8x8 oil on archival Ampersand baord|
Ever since I’ve returned from the beach I’ve needed a “mid-winter” color pick me up. So I treated myself to some fresh oil paints—which is almost as exciting as a box of dark chocolate. Almost.
After shopping around online for a bit (budget: $100) and finding a “discount shipping” code I chose an special promo Daniel Smith Quinacridone oil paint set. The 11 juicy colors span the warmer side of the color wheel from the deep yellow orange Quin Gold (a rather hard to find pigment) to a new violet Quin Purple.
I like “quins” because they’re powerful, non-toxic, and highly transparent which means they mix cleanly and glaze well. Quin Gold, Quin Rose, and Quin Magenta are some of my pet pigments for floral painting. And I love using Quin Gold to mix interesting greens. (I tried the Quin Red in today’s sunflower painting.)
In my next post I’ll show you my results of a very challenging “limited brushstroke” painting exercise…Stay tuned.