Monday, January 11, 2010


Today I began the underpainting to "The Transmittance Of Pity Perceived As Love Through A One-Way Mirror". I completed the sky, mountains, sea, and two gold moons on this which is good progress. I should finish in three days. I'm only using four colours, black, white, yellow ochre and cobalt turquoise.

A picture of the mountains is shown. I'm learning lots about how to paint rocks.

I used Blockx Mars Black for the first time and liked it. The 35ml tube weighed 10g (over 10%) heavier than the 40ml Old Holland tube, indicating that Blockx put more pigment in their tubes than Old Holland. The wonderful ultramarine by Blockx already put that company to the top of my paint list, joint top with Micheal Harding. Old Holland regularly disappoint me and at the moment I can't think of any one colour of theirs I prefer over Harding, Blockx or Winsor and Newton.

1 comment :

Kathy said...

I, too, dislike Old Holland and Grubacher, for that matter. I assume you're using oils (?). My favorite brand is Williamsburg. The pigment are hand ground and the mixture is pigment rich. Your chosen palette is very interesting ... no reds. Can't wait to see what you do with this!