Friday, June 21, 2013

Palettes of color....

"I think palettes 
are a glimpse 
into the soul 
of a painter. 

Yep, you're going to heaven."
~Brian Schnetzer 
(friend extraordinaire)

When I posted a photo of my watercolor palette on facebook recently, 
one of my dearest friend's 
left the words above on my page.
I was so touched...
(well, he's that kind of person- one of those rare & cherished friends)
...he gave me cause to think...
our palette says a lot about who we are 
and how we approach our work.

If you've been on this blog space of a journey with me ... 
you are probably well aware of 
my affinity to 
w a t e r  C O L O R. 
(with an emphasis on the color part.)

 So many sweet friends have been asking about what colors I use, 
what type of paint, how etc. 
I thought it might be fun to start sharing some posts 
on the "how to's of what I do's".
I kind of see myself as a "rebel" when it comes to following (NOT) 
hard core "tradition" in watercolor. 
The very essence of the medium, evokes freedom and lack of control...
which is probably why I love it so. 
I am always learning lessons on 
 l e t t i n g   g o
a n d
t r u s t i n g,
when I create with watercolor.

Upon taking a deeper look at my palette, 
I noticed that I didn't have all of my colors lined up exactly 
with warm and cool colors in their proper place. 
I tend to put random bursts of color 
"outside of the box"
so to speak.
I also noticed that a lot of times, those random bursts of color 
are used in my work, as that color gem- that little sparkle added to the page.
Wow, there's more to your palette when you start to really look at it.
It's kind of a metaphor for how I like to create
and live my creative life.
What paint?? I am asked often...
I like a combination of Holbein & Windsor Newton brand.
You can see from my journal book pages 
that I am a big fan of wet on wet and glazing techniques.
I believe those techniques, allow me to achieve a lot of depth, 
as well as an organic feel to my work.

The "pear and lavendar" spread above, is from one of my journal books-
inspired by all that I learned from Wild Art classes with Junelle Jacobsen.
I am sooo in love with journal pages...
as it allows the freedom to explore and create 
for a larger work.
Tomorrow starts a "new session" of Wild Art  called 

I'm feeling like a little kid... so looking forward to creating new projects, 
and connecting with an incredible group of people.
If you like the idea of creating in a journal, exploring with watercolor 
and so much more... 
I would highly recommend signing up for Junelle's class. 
It starts tomorrow, but is a go at your own pace online e-course.
It's most inspiring for those who like to
"color out of the lines"... like me.

photo above: Junelle Jacobsen's wild art class
What colors are on your palette?
In my next post, I'll share a little on how I go about painting with glazes 
using my "out of the box" color palette.
Hope to see you in the Wild ART Summer group. 


  1. You my friend will have a bountiful and beautiful harvest! Your joy is contagious. Your giving heart is blooming like the images that dance upon the pages of celebration. Bravo! I have nothing more to say, except, if it is alright, "I love you" and am blessed to be your friend....Donna

  2. I am still in love with the photo of your palette, it makes me happy :)

  3. I am so glad that you added me on google plus and led me to your blog as we share the same love of colour and non traditional watercolours... for me the stronger the colour the better and I loved seeing your palette as well... happily following and looking forward to getting to know your work better...xx

  4. I LOVE your pears!! We share a love for color and a similar palette and non-traditional watercolor style. So happy to have found your blog and look forward to seeing more of your work.

  5. I just love your artwork! The colors are amazing, they just glow! Thanks for posting your palette colors too :)


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