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Painting on Location with QoR Modern Watercolors

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  1. Cathy,
    Your articles and photos are so well done. I really enjoyed your article “Just Six…”, where you point out which way each primary included in the set leans warm or cool, etc. I have been a watercolor artist for years, but will admit that sometimes I have trouble making that warm/cool call within paint. Maybe something is just not tweaked right in my eyeballs! All that said, I see myself as a newborn now, with a virgin QoR 24 set to gauge against a paint cast of many. (Quite looking forward to this weekend’s studio dig-in, just to play and mix)! I hope it rains so I don’t feel guilty staying in all day!

    I look forward to reading your archived articles and those to come.
    Happy paint, always,

    • Hello Marla,
      Thank you!. We are very glad you enjoy the articles and find them helpful. And we hope you had a guilt free, successful, and fun painting weekend! When I add a new paint to my palette, I often do initial mixing tests to learn about the paint’s personality. With a new red, for example, I might try mixing it with an orange-leaning yellow, to see what orange the red makes, and with a violet-leaning blue to see the purple it creates. If the new red makes a better orange than violet, the paint is ‘warm’ and biased towards yellow or orange. If the red makes a vibrant purple, it is ‘cool’ and biased to violet. I make notes of the paints used, and keep the tests for future reference. I find experiments like this can be informative. If you wish to explore your paint nerd side in a bit greater depth, “An Artist’s Color Wheel” page in the watercolor section of Bruce MacEvoy’s “Handprint” website might be helpful. This page also contains a link to an image that places pigments around a color wheel, which makes it easier to see them in relation to the primary and secondary colors. The pigments within a paint are listed on the tube, through abbreviations like “PB29” (Pigment Blue 29, or Ultramarine Blue). We hope this is helpful. And remember, we are only a telephone call away (1-800-959-6543) when you have questions!
      Happy painting,


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