Doing small marsh paintings based on my recent boat rides, I wanted a
great variety of greens; my downstairs palette doesn't have much
mixing room, and only one green in an inferior paint someone gave me.
I have taken a series of watercolor classes from five different
people, three of whom required a specific palette of colors, one
suggested one, and one didn't care! Also for a few years I bought all
of the Daniel Smith free-shipping triads, as I got the offers in my
email. I would unpack them and put the tubes away in a drawer, or
maybe test them first. Last summer, I sorted them into color groups.
Last night, I picked six of the greens and put them into a porcelain
palette that came with a christmas present set in 1993. Then I painted
this. I am hoping to learn some of the major pigment designations. I
have four different ochres, for instance, and all of them list only
PY43, so it is the first one I have memorized.
The two cobalts. as expected, were more granular; the two permanent greens and especially the WN Winsor Green (yellow shade) gave a beautiful even wash of very attractive color.
But the delightful surprise--and what made the whole effort seem worth it--was the DS Cascade Green! The pigments here are old classics: Phthalo Green and Raw Sienna. If you look closely at the wash, you will see how they separate out into blue and yellow components. So then I did three more underpaintings before I went to bed.