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Sunday, 25 August 2013

A clean slate...


Er kwam niets meer uit mijn handen dat maar enigszins op een aanvaardbaar schilderij leek. En ik dacht dat het een goed idee was om mijn paletten schoon te maken, te vullen met verse verf en met een schone lei opnieuw te beginnen.
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Nothing remotely resembling an acceptable painting came out of my hands lately. And so I thought it was a good idea to clean my palettes, fill them with fresh paints and start again with a clean slate.



Dit is mijn basispalet, waar ik het vaakst gebruik van maak. Ultramarijn, medium geel en quinacridone roze. De kleuren die ik hiermee meng, zijn helder en schoon. En je kunt hiermee de mooiste grijzen maken.
Het is interessant en inspirerend om te zien welke basiskleuren anderen gebruiken. Kijk maar eens op Rita Vaselli's blog.
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This is my basic palette that I use most often. Ultramarine blue, medium yellow and quinacridone pink. The colours I mix with these, are clear and clean. And you can mix the most beautiful greys.
It is interesting and inspiring to see which basic colours others use. Take a look at Rita Vaselli's blog.  



Een fijne week gewenst!
Have a great week!


34 comments:

ann @ studiohyde said...

I love starting with a clean palette too, trouble is it doesn't happen very often with me, lol. Love your painting, 'honestly' (there's a hidden joke there!).

You are right about clear and clean colours, the transparent ones always give that don't they :)

Judy said...

Cleaning my palettes was way overdue! Does not happen often with me either. :)
So funny, honesty is called in Dutch 'judaspenning' meaning Judas's coins.

Vandy said...

Great post. I've been thinking about palettes these days too. I find I have so many colours it's sometimes hard to choose. I've decided to reduce and have bought a new palette to help me sort out and get started again. I'm also a fan of the transparent colours. They definitely are the ones I am drawn to most often.

Rita Vaselli said...

Thanks ,my dear friend Judy! A pleasure to share our own experiences in real time! Thanks to your link, meet new friends and watercolor lovers...it happens today!
(Wash all the palettes is a ritual,even for me, when the creative season is changing...)

Judy said...

Thank you Vandy. I tend to go back to a few favourite colours, and not use all the others on my palettes.

And thank you Rita! Sharing experiences like the use of favourite colours is definitely inspiring. And washing the palettes is surely an important ritual, a new beginning!

Laura Leeder said...

I am due to clean mine the beginning of September. A fresh start and clean slate for the fall painting season.

Sadami said...

Hi, Judy,
Just take it easy.
Kind regards, Sadami

Laura Moore said...

Interesting post Judy. I never clean my paints out. I just add more juicy pigment on top regularly when I run out but I do use pans and not a palette. I do clean my mixing tray areas out after every single painting though. That area is always pristine clean. I never use dirty water to mix with either. I only use clean fresh water and I only ever dip a clean brush my pans. I use two water pots. It keeps everything clean and fresh. Lovely to hear what everyone else does.

John Simlett said...

Judy... as a painter I never know how anything is going to turn out! With practise, one day I will know!

Mari Jose Molina said...

Interesting post! :) Hugs

Judy said...

Hi Laura, that is a great idea to change your palette at the beginning of fall.

Thank you Sadami, I'll take it easy!

Thanks Laura, interesting. I clean out the mixing areas regularly but my paint areas get messy after a while. I don't always use a clean brush when I'm busy mixing. That's why I have separate trays for my yellows, that I clean often. And I regularly change my water.

Oh John, I still don't know how a painting is going to turn out! But sometimes there is that feeling halfway that it is going to be good. Wish that happened more often. :)

Thank you Mari Jose! Hugs!

Anamaria do Val said...

Very interesting post, Judy! I use to keep my paintings on their tubes and squeeze only the amount I think I'll use in deep white porcelaine dishes. My favorites are phtalo blue, french ultramarine, quinn magenta and winsor red, lemon yellow and cadmium yellow, hooker's green and sap green, raw sienna and burnt sienna. I keep experimenting colors and still change a lot

Judy said...

Thanks for sharing your favourites, Anamaria! I have not used phtalo blue for a while, but maybe I'll try it again.

Blaga said...

I wish I cleaned mine more often too, so I would go back to the basic three-color one. Mine is almost the same as yours, except I use Indian Yellow, as I like its wider value range, and it is transparent (I still tend to produce too much mud with opaques)

Betty the Wood Fairy said...

I obsessively clean mine after every use so probably waste a lot of paint! I will try not to do that any more - I find my palette though is mostly purples and greens. I like mixing brown and green together to get a nice muddy green.

Judy said...

Hi Blaga, funny how we all have different routines and favourites.

Hi Betty, purple and greens I also use a lot. I'll try mixing brown and green, thanks for the tip!

Polly Birchall said...

I am basically a lazy, untidy person Except .. I always clean my palette after each painting. I surprise myself at times.

Maga Fabler said...

Fresh paints, fresh vision, fresh art. All the best to you, Judy!

Celia Blanco said...

It's a wonderful habit. No surprise you do it with the beautiful colors you achieve in your paintings.

Judy said...

Really Polly? I only clean the mixing areas.

Thank you Maga!

Thank you Celia!

Mercedes Ares said...

Muy bonito trabajo!!! Saludos

Susan said...

Cleaning the pallet is like brushing the chaos from the mind! It usually works wonders for me as well.

Judy said...

Muchas gracias, Mercedes!

I hope it works wonders for me too, Susan!

Hanneke said...

Jij en geen inspiratie??? Kan ik me haast niet voorstellen. Heb wel meteen op de blog van Rita gekeken en oef... mooi hoor en sterk kleurgebruik. Gelukkig ben jij wel één van MIJN inspiratiebronnen: zie mijn volgende blogje. Groetjes

Studio at the Farm said...

That is the perfect palette for your wonderfully gentle watercolors. I find cleaning up the old colors, cleaning the entire painting area, helps clear my mind, too.
Kathryn :)

Sandra Busby said...

Ooh yes - once in a while it's great to have a good clean up and start a fresh! :0)

Dana said...

That's always a good idea! Such a delight to see your paintings :)

Lorraine Brown said...

So glad I read your post Judy, I am bit behind, I have been using a palette recently like your top left since doing a colour class with limited pigments but. Have a beautiful porcelain Stephen Quiller one that is full of less than fresh pigment as I am not a clean painter and this has been put aside but you have reminded me it is OK wash away unused paint if it means cleaning up for a future fresh start

Judy said...

Dankjewel Hanneke, fijn om te horen! Toch gek dat het effect van sproeien bij jou heel anders uitpakte. Ik zit echt helemaal zonder inspiratie op dit moment.

Thank you Kathryn and Sandra. Hope it helps to get started again.

Thank you Dana!

Judy said...

Hi Lorraine, I have several palettes too, and also a few porcelain dishes like the one with the three basic colours. I sometimes only wash away the mud under the tap and leave the clean dried paint remnants.

Irina Rekhviashvili said...

It is so interesting to see how you work and to find out where live clear colors of your palette.
And thank you for the idea! I will prepare new post and show my palette and colors in September.

Judy said...

Thank you Irina! I'd love to see your palette and colors!

renate said...

Ik zag toch echt een bloemetje voorbij komen op FB hihi. Gewoon alles lekker over je heen laten waaien. Komt goed hoor!xxx

Judy said...

Hoi Renate, één klein bloempje in 2 weken.... :)