Joseph Zbukvic, known worldwide as a Master Artist, is also known for his use of grays in his watercolor paintings: “I’m asked endlessly what grey I use..I actually make up my own using just about every colour on my palette….” – Joseph Zbukvic.
“As my painting style progressed over the years, I eventually found myself using many shades of grey which I always mixed myself using numerous pigments on my palette. I was constantly asked by students and other artists, what they were and how to mix them. A question almost impossible to answer. This led me to develop the three greys in collaboration with DANIEL SMITH. I hope they bring success to everyone using them.” – Joseph Zbukvic
Joseph and DANIEL SMITH worked together to develop three gray watercolors that became our New Joseph Z’s Cool Grey, Joseph Z’s Neutral Grey and Joseph Z’s Warm Grey, all part of our New SIGNATURE SERIES Watercolors.
Why multiple grays? Joseph suggested creating a range of grays; cool, neutral and warm for painting in different light, because light is cool, neutral or warm. Grays or Greys, are also such useful colors both for quickly modifying other colors when mixed, and on their own they are so expressive capturing city landscapes as you can see in Joseph’s paintings.
“I designed this grey to use for those frosty morning and rainy winter day paintings. It has a lovely greenish sediment which is perfect for low light, early morning light effects. I think this is a must for anyone painting winter scenes.” -Joseph Zbukvic
“Perfect for those strong, New York type cityscapes. When undiluted it is basically black and can provide powerful monolithic shapes without looking chalky. It gives a look of charcoal drawing or old-fashioned photographs.” -Joseph Zbukvic
“Perfect for strong summer light when shadows have that rich warm glow. It’s particularly useful for painting late afternoon light effects with its pinkish glow when it’s diluted into lighter washes. It can capture that evening glow perfectly.” -Joseph Zbukvic
Joseph Z’s Greys are wonderful for studio, and especially plein air because having reliable, pre-mixed grays ready to use when time is short and light is constantly changing is helpful. Joseph Z’s Greys make color mixing fast with other colors on your palette allowing you to create gorgeous colors. We have three mixing grids showing a few of the lovely colors that can be mixed using Joseph Z’s Greys, each mixing grid was mixed with our DANIEL SMITH Essentials Watercolor Set. Coming soon is a Mixing Grid post to help you make your own!
Joseph Z’s Cool Grey mixing grid with the Essentials Set:
Joseph Z’s Neutral Grey mixing grid with the Essentials Set:
Joseph Z’s Warm Grey mixing grid with the Essentials Set:
We know you will enjoy Joseph Zbukvic’s collection of beautiful Joseph Z’s Greys from DANIEL SMITH!
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