Expanded Gouache Palette

gouache palette expanded

I expanded my happy hue gouache palette to include a Winsor Newton flesh tone, more greens, some basic earth tones and some gray values. I also added a lot more white, one for each row, in fact. Following this post as a guide, I did my best (best to my knowledge, that is) to only choose colors that were non-toxic. That means there are no cadmiums, chromes, or cobalts. No zinc whites, no naples yellows, no alizarin crimsons, etc. I also made a practice of wearing nitrile gloves when drawing or handling anything that has to do with my paints.

expanded happy palette

This is a great because a recent heavy metals test concluded that my levels of lead, arsenic, and mercury are high — red zone high. I don’t think my art supplies contributed much to my toxicity, by I’m extremely motivated to minimize any contact that is within my control. I think I know why my toxicity levels are severely high, but I’ll share that another time. Lifestyle choices — youth lifestyle choices — were certainly a factor!

In my palette:

Flesh Tint (Winsor Newton)
Orange Lake Light (Winsor Newton)
Flame Red (Holbein)
Geranium (Holbein)
Rose (Holbein)
Brilliant Pink (Holbein)
Linden Green (Winsor Newton)
Permanent Green Light (Holbein)
Sap Green (M. Graham)
Dark Green (Holbein)
Permanent Green Deep (Holbein)
Permanent Green Light (M. Graham - darker than Holbein’s version)
Primary Yellow (Holbein)
Raw Sienna (M. Graham)
Burnt Sienna (M. Graham)
Sepia (Holbein)
Ash Green (Holbein)
Terre Verte (Holbein)
Aqua Blue (Holbein)
Katsura Blue (M. Graham)
Neutral Tint (Schmincke Horadam)
Grey No.3 (Holbein)
Grey No.2 (Holbein)
Grey No.1 (Holbein)
Titanium White (M. Graham)

I love this new palette! I’ve been using it this week to make new stuff. I’m in the process of building my portfolio in gouache and colored pencil for potential editorial work in food and maybe even fashion. I feel silly having just written that, to be honest. But, I also know that the actions of confidence come first, the feelings later. Needless to say, sensations of insecurity and excitement and feelings of potential and promise are coursing through my veins. In the last year and a half, my attention has been totally focused on getting to the bottom of my mysterious physical ailments, and now that I’m healing and detoxing, I can shift my focus to building my career by first building a portfolio (deadline: 5/30). Next, I’m going to submit illustrations to Kitchen Table for possible inclusion in their next issue (deadline: 6/30). Fingers crossed! I’m also going to self-publish a picture book via Ingram Spark and Amazon (deadline: 7/30). I have a lot to do!

P.S. I learned how to make a portable gouache palette from Marianne Moss in her awesome online class, Oh My Gouache!.

P.P.S. I’m no longer using my Royal Talens palette because it has a strong unpleasant smell.

Gym Shorts

target gym shorts

I bought these guys in the boys department at the South San Francisco Target in 1999. I had just lost 60 lbs, and I needed new gym shorts. I wore them to Fitness USA at Stonestown several times times a week. They’ve been so good to me. But, with the wear and tear over the years, they’ve lost their luster, so to speak. For one thing, the elasticity is totally gone, so they fall below my butt as soon as I wear them. And, the stitching along the side stripes have come loose and are falling apart. They’re sitting in the trash can now, waiting for tomorrow’s morning collection. But… I’m feeling a growing compulsion to get them out of there, and I think I’ll do just that as soon as I type this word.

New Gouache Palette

new gouache palette of bright happy colors

I spent some time last Thursday experimenting with a new gouache palette. The standard palette I use for my Food Holidays project is okay, but I really do want to work with a limited color palette (and hence minimal color mixing) for my other projects. I combed through my collection of gouache tubes and arrived at 9 colors plus two whites (zinc white for creating tints and titanium white for highlights). I’m thinking about adding black or a neutral tint for some dark darks, but I haven’t made up my mind. I made a couple of doodles (in addition to an upcoming wallpaper download) and so far so good! The colors make me, well, happy.

Of the 16 colors I sampled, I settled on the following colors. All by Holbein except Hansa Yellow, by M. Graham:

1. emerald green + zinc white
2. permanent green deep
3. hansa yellow
4. permanent green light
6. brilliant pink + zinc white
7. aqua blue + zinc white
11. flame red + brilliant orange
12. permanent yellow orange + zinc white
16. katsura blue

A Half-Drop Repeat of Sweet Potatoes and Avocados

My plate is full of ideas with little time to execute them. This kinda bums me out, to be honest. If only I could clone myself...

After weeks of feeling overwhelmed, I’ve come to my senses, finally, and I’ve decided to focus by limiting my projects and to devote my time to learning all I can about creating collections of patterns. A couple of weeks ago, I was in the process of learning how to do half-drop repeats in Photoshop. Then, distracted, I started to work on developing new ideas, but today, I picked up where I left off. I re-watched Bari J’s e-course and by using the avocados and sweet potatoes from this post as motifs, I came up with this pattern. I like it! I also started playing around with color indexing to make more color ways, and so far, it’s pretty damn tedious. But still, it would be a good thing to know. Tomorrow, I’m going to experiment with the indexed version by exporting it to Illustrator to see how it handles being converted to vector. We shall see!

PS. I’ve been binge-listening to a new-to-me podcast called Girl Tries Life with absolute vigor. Victoria Smith’s interviews and stress reduction tips are immensely helpful. BIG LOOOOOOOVE.

Food Holidays Week 5

This post was supposed to be for Sunday, February 3. I’m way late, but oh well. That just happens sometimes. In fact, I’ve yet to paint week 6 which was scheduled to post on the 10th! I’ll get caught up in time, I’m sure (or rather — I hope!). Anyhoo, this post celebrates the following food holidays. As usual, I’m going by the Wikipedia for reference, official or not!

January 27 - chocolate cake
February 2 - tater tots
1st Saturday in February - ice cream for breakfast