The first thing I thought when I saw this set was textures of weathered buildings, streets paved in stone, terra-cotta rooftops and sun bleached doorways…beautiful cities built of stone and earth. It also brought to mind vast arid landscapes of dunes, rocky cliffs and deep gorges.
While the set is not intended to be a standalone palette (no blues) these paints were selected for their mixing ability and unique visual qualities, and are a great way to expand your color collection. [“Lucca, Italy” was painted using the Earth: Desert to Mountains Half Pan Watercolor Set with the addition of DANIEL SMITH Cobalt Blue.]
Semi-Opaque. Drop into a wet sky for atmospheric quality. Add weight to other colors in what’s known as body color (a pigment that add opacity or hiding power). Also used in my ink and watercolor sketches to subdue ink lines.
Slight granulating quality. Warm like sun-wheat fields and sun-bleached Italian buildings.
A warm bronze pigment. Uniquely different because of the glistening particles of iron oxide in the natural stone. When used alone or mixed with other colors it creates an intriguing effect.
Opaque, granulating pigment. Similar in hue to terra cotta rooftops and brick. Mixed with yellows it’s warm and granulating quality really shines.
Transparent, non-Granulating and a wonderful mixing color. Mix with scarlet for golden oranges and phthalo blue for amazing greens. A real workhorse on my palette for its color and mixing ability.
Transparent, granulating and amazing! The textual quality and the mixing ability is like nothing you’ve ever experienced in a black pigment. Mixed with other colors the pigment become granular, darker in value but does NOT change the hue. Lunar Black brings excitement to the mix. Works brilliantly in wet into wet or glazes.
Color Mixing using the Earth: Desert to Mountains Hand Poured Watercolor Half Pan Set.
Color mixing with the Earth: Desert to Mountains Set. Brenda’s Swenson sketchbook.
More color mixing using the Earth: Desert to Mountains Set painted by Brenda Swenson.
Brenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Finalist, Award of Excellence) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her artwork has been featured in Splash (11,12, 14,19 & 20), An Illustrated Journey, Creative Freedom, Complete Guide to Watercolor, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine and numerous other publications. She has two instructional DVD’s on painting and sketching techniques. Brenda has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS. An active participant in the arts community she has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. She is in demand to judge shows, demonstrate and teach workshops to groups nationwide and abroad.
Brenda Swenson, WW, NWWS, SDWS
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