"Time spent not applying material to a work of art is as important as applying it... kind of like music, where the pleasant order of a composition is only due to the calculated silence between the audible rhythms." ~Nikki Coulombe
©Jan 2013, Main Paint Tray, Laura Leeder
At the start of each new year, I give my studio a good cleaning. Before starting any new paintings, I also empty out and clean my painting trays, along with my brushes and all other items on my desk. I then get ready to add new paints to each tray. I have my main working tray for my everyday colors and a small porcelain tray that holds my specialty paints.
©Jan 2013, Paints And Color Charts, Laura Leeder
With color charts in front of me and clean trays ready for filling, I start by adding my old favorites to each tray along with any new colors that I want to try. As I record the inventory of my paint tubes, I make a note by each color if it's warm or cool. I note if it's a new color, a color to delete, along with any other comments that are helpful to me in better understanding my color choices. This is where I also make notes about any new paint colors I'd like to try and will consider purchasing on my next order.
©Jan 2013, Studio Desk, Laura Leeder
After I've decided which colors will stay in my trays and which colors will be replaced with new ones to try, I then re-label my trays and fill the compartments. Now I'm filled with excitement and anticipation and ready to start painting!!
Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC