Only 10 more days left to the 30 in 30 challenge. I took on the challenge to help the nature sketching and plein air painting that I do each spring, summer, and fall. My first goal was to speed up the time it took me to complete a watercolor sketch. When I started the challenge, it took me about two hours to complete a 5" x 7" watercolor painting of a lous flower. This included selecting the image (from the 400 pictures of lotus flowers I have), drawing it, and adding color. Now, it takes me about 45 minutes to complete the same steps.
The second goal was to practice my watercolor combinations. You can't take out a lot of equipment and materials when you go outside to sketch. The less you take and the lighter it is, the more likely it is that you'll have it with you when you go outside. For me, this means that what I take can't be larger than what can fit into a small to reasonable size purse (which I define as a purse no larger than what a small tablet can fit in.)
Yesterday's study was a green lotus flower bud that I painted with green colors from the tube. I love my greens from the tube, but I tend to always have to mix something else into them for them to work well for me. Today, I mixed my green from Danial Smith Lemon Yellow and Winsor Newton French Ultramarine Blue and Winsor Newton Cobalt Violet paints. The pink was Winsor Newton Permanent Rose with some Lemon Yellow and French Ultramarine Blue. I enjoy mixing my greens and feel that the greens I mix come out better than the greens from the tube. The greens in today's painting isn't as bright and bold as yesterday's painting, but I am happier with it and feel it's a more livable green.