Happy Year of the Fire Rooster!

Happy New Year to you all. Based on the Chinese calendar, 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster. “The Chinese people say that this year people will be more polite and less stubborn, but they will have the tendency to complicate things.” Hmmmm, I wonder if this was written with anyone particular in mind!

“As they see it, the year 2017 is a year dominated by the orientation towards progress, honor and maximum integrity, people learning to temper their ardor.” Again, I’m wondering if would apply to the leaders of certain countries I have in mind…just saying!

Nevertheless, not to get too political here, I thought I’d honor the rooster today, the first day of 2017. Now, I love painting birds, but for reasons unclear to me, I’ve never really had an interest in roosters. I’ve seen them on farms and often enough while at a pumpkin or fall festival I’ve had a chance to see some quite gorgeous plumage on these birds, and yet I’ve never really sketched one. So today I got started on one, and it turned out alright…for a first try!

I did give it a second try, aiming for more texture…

Having stuck with the same color scheme the second time, although not intentional, I thought I’d go a bit quieter for the third try.

Pigment comparison of #YInMnBlue and Daniel Smith Watercolors – Purples

YInMnBlue or “MasBlue” as it is commonly referred to at Oregon State University, is a serendipitous discovery of a brilliant blue pigment by scientists led by Mas Subramanian at OSU while researching materials for electronic applications.

Since their discovery of the blues they have made a range of new pigments to include almost all the colors of the color wheel from bright orange to yellow and shades of purple, turquoise and greens.

Using these pigment powders I have made watercolor paints and have been testing them for color fastness, transparency, mixing capability, luminosity etc., Ive also been using them in some of my paintings, which have been tagged as #YInMnBlue, #YInMn and #MasBlue.

This particular sketch of the Costa Rica Humming bird was done using the purples, turquoise and some blue and yellow in the #YInMnBlue series.

These watercolor explorations into #YInMnBlue pigments is an ongoing learning experience for me.

I’m also creating a watercolor chart of the YInMnBlue pigments which I will be posting soon along with more explorations of color comparisons with commercially available watercolor pigments, mostly Daniel Smith Watercolors. Stay tuned……

Costa Rican Hummingbirds

New Beginnings

Starting a new expedition in watercolors, picking up a brush after a long time and delving in without any reservations. Let’s see where it leads…

New Beginnings