I always love starting new work. Once I decided on what I wanted to paint next, I had a bit of a hard time making up my mind as to which media to use - so I decided to to do one of each. Blue hydrangea seems to scream watercolour. But I wanted to see if I could capture the softness in acrylic as well. I am always up for a challenge.
Amethyst Blues (watercolour) and Amethyst Shades of Blue (acrylic)
Sorting and picking
The process I use when I start to select my pallet is to pick through my paint bins and select the tubes I think are best suited. Confession time, I have my paint in bins sorted by colour! Makes life so much easier when looking for colours.
Then I squeeze a bit from my selections onto my pallette. Before I ever touch paint to a new work, I play with the paint to make sure I am happy with the mixes. It can be difficult to add in new colours part way through a painting is you are not strategic. I also have a wonderful little journal where I paint little swatches and label them. This helps me to remember my paint choices should I set the work aside for whatever reason. And I really like my journal. It is shaping up into a really cool diary of sorts.