Today with all the last-minute Santa things to do, there was time to keep working on a painting I started this weekend. Perhaps it will be dry in time to fit into a wooden frame and be wrapped to go under the tree too.
Illustration: “Wedding Bouquet,” Oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″ by Black Elephant Blog author (2017)
Painting in oil is still a challenge for me, mainly because of the brushes which become gooey, and sometimes even clumpy, pretty quickly. There’s also the problem of what to do with the gooey water mixed with solvent when cleaning the brushes. There’s still so much to learn but I do know that watercolor is quite a bit simpler, at least in terms of equipment.
Speaking of which, my Christmas present to myself arrived last week, and it’s a great addition to my collection of watercolor palettes. This one, called the “Portable Painter“, shows what a clever design-oriented mind can achieve when taking time to really study how people are trying to use existing tools (in this case other palettes meant for watercolor painting in small formats outside). This palette is so well-thought out it is amazing. I say this as someone who has used about 20 different alternatives in the past three years. It comes with a small brush (with a smaller brush inserted into the handle) but neither brush is really suitable for most painting, and that’s the only negative I can see in this little kit.
This palette is perfect for the outdoor watercolor sketcher and I’ve already put some of my favorite paints into the pans. Further description of this fantastic discovery will have to wait, as it’s time now to get some presents wrapped! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!