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Category: In the Studio

Demo: Brea Reese Watercolor Cream

Trying some fun new supplies this week! They’re metallic Brea Reese Watercolor Creams, a water soluble medium similar to oil pastels. I found them at Target here in Dallas. The first swatch is an opaque square that I colored in and then painted over. The middle square is an opaque frame that I painted over and used the remaining color on my brush to fill in the middle. The third square is just color that my brush picked up from the other swatches, for a watercolor effect. The figure was… Read more Demo: Brea Reese Watercolor Cream

Supplies I Love: Pastels

I love pastels to add different texture and dimension to my work. These are oil pastels by Sennelier, and my favorite colors (today, at least!) are the emerald green and turquoise blue (fifth and seventh from the top.) Of course, the iridescent colors are fun, too. I usually just put color wherever I’m inspired to, but the color wheel comes in handy sometimes, as well.

New Mexico Palette

Custom Paint Palette: Shades of Santa Fe I recently began making my own paint with gouache binder medium and pigment powders. It’s very rewarding to see the medium and powder combine into the final result, and to be able to personalize the color exactly how I want for any given project. The ability to make my own custom paint palette inspired me to create specific colors for the places I visit. The mixing supplies are too cumbersome to take on the road with me, so I pack lightweight tools in… Read more New Mexico Palette

Travel Palette, Santa Fe, NM

In my previous post, I showed a Peerless watercolor palette as part of my artist travel bag. While it’s lightweight and versatile in its packaged form, I decided to lighten my load even more and use it to customize a palette specifically for the trip I am planning through West Texas and New Mexico. Santa Fe will be my final destination, so that’s where I imagine I’ll have the most time to do some quick sketches inspired by what I see or have seen along the way. With that in… Read more Travel Palette, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Artist Kit

Part of the fun of traveling is putting together my artist travel kit. It differs slightly for each destination, depending on space, weather and the trip’s planned activities. For this particular adventure, we are driving Southwest, so I made sure to have many desert-inspired colors to choose from, plus some metallics to accent. I didn’t want to include pastels or anything that might easily melt. Watercolor-infused paper and water-soluble pencils keep things versatile and compact. Even though we will have room in the car, I travel pretty light. I keep… Read more Santa Fe Artist Kit