Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tropical Fernery 2..Peerless Watercolors..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews


This image is 10.5" x 12" The original is not for sale.

Prints of this image are available on the Fine Art America site:


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Hi everyone, I am on an exploratory mission with different materials and thought some of you watercolorists might be interested in these.

I was looking at alternatives for travel and my art supplies not taking up a lot of room in my travel bags.

Peerless Watercolors are over 100 years old. They were used in the 1800's to tint photographs.

I used them in their liquid form maybe 40 years ago when I was tintng my black and white photos. Wish I had kept them all!

The colors come in two forms. 

A liquid form in small bottles which is what I had years ago. And this form below, pieces of card with the paper impregnated into it. 
The colors are simply gorgeous! And you all know how I love COLOR!

They are termed as WATERCOLORS, but I have also heard them termed as WATERCOLOR DYES.
All you do is loosen the paint with fresh water a bit at a time, and a little goes a long way!You literally use the paper swatches as your palette.

I found this concept interesting, so I ordered some and have been playing with them ever since.

I watched a lot of YouTube videos as well, to get idea, there are tons.

Pros..(for me)
 Colors are wonderful!
Although what is visible on the card, does not necessarily reflect the actual color, until the water comes in contact with it.
You MUST make a color chart.

The book is easy to take anywhere, very flat and manageable.

Cost is great considering comparing with a tube of paint.

I paid around $13 for this book below of 15 colors. I also bought a BONUS PACK of 40 colors which were around $23..I purchased through the Peerless website and the S/H was a flat rate of $2.95

Cons..
DON'T touch the cards with wet fingers!

A little fiddly and time must be spent making a color chart

I don't feel these are the best alternative for a large watercolor, however, great for journaling.

The website says you need very little paint, however, some colors don't activate as well, at least that's what I found, and I have had to use more to get an impact on my paper.So in hindsite, this might not be as economical as I thought.

***Lightfastness..The jury is out on this.. I will test the colors and place them in sunlight to see, however, if they have stood the test of over 100 years on photographs, I feel they should be pretty archival.



My book of 15 colors

My bonus colors

My quick color chart however, on YouTube there are great ways to actually make charts which can be used for a travel palette. This I intend to do..

So in summing up, I do love these colors and felt they are a bit more luminous than the Inktense colors by DERWENT.

*** I do feel I can get more use out of the INKTENSE BLOCKS which I posted earlier.

Hope you enjoyed this little exploration, maybe some of you also have tried the PEERLESS COLORS, I would love to hear your comments.
Cheers
Rae


Monday, July 18, 2016

Mountain Town, Spain..Watercolor..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews



Somewhere in Spain, this gorgeous little scene captivated me with the bougainvillea on the side of the building. You see a lot of this colored flower in Spain.

This is watercolor painting 11" x 15" unframed
$150 Plus S/H

Prints of this image and more of my work may be seen on the Fine Art America site:

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/mountain-town-spain-rae-andrews.html?newartwork=true

Rae conducts workshops and demonstrations of her techniques in ACRYLICS, PASTELS, OILS, and WATERCOLORS

For more information please contact her at:
rae4art@aol.com


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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tropical Fernery...Derwent Inktense Watercolor Ink Blocks..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews


I have a new TOY! Or a set of new toys actually!

One of my students had some of these to play with the other day,  and I thought I just had to have some for myself.
So I went online and ordered a set of 36. I elected to purchase the blocks as I think I will get more use out of them. 
They have these in pencil form as well, and if you don't like getting dirty fingers (as you can with these blocks unless you use the holders Derwent sells) , the pencil option might be the best for you.

I bought my blocks on Amazon as I have free shipping with Prime. I did get a much better deal than buying through an art store, a savings of around $30!

DERWENT  INKTENSE  WATERCOLOR INK is really an oxymoron.. 
After all, Inks are INKS, WATERCOLOR (although similar), is quite a bit different for many reasons.

However, these are great fun to play with.
I would advise they are inks and could be fugitive, so check with the colors in a sunny area and see how they stand the test of time with lighfastness.

The colors are wonderful!

I used these just as a paintbox, a wet brush on the selected colors and away I went.

Another thing to note is they won't shift after they are dry, so there is no making mistakes, one simply must try to work around the 'mistake' to camouflage it.

But....you can glaze one color over another after the first is dry because of the above property.. Handy huh?
Something for which WATERCOLOR can be a little tricky, as colors can move when wet.

You can use a fluid wet into wet technique as well by wetting the paper first and letting the colors all merge together, although I felt watercolor does a better job of getting a smoother wash than the Intense blocks.

 I used a wet into dry more deliberate method for my TROPICAL FERNERY  below.


I think these would be great for working outside on painting trips, easy to pack, not a lot one has to take. Also great in journals.

***I will post this painting on my print site as well (with a better photo), as that is the only way I would sell this image, due to light fastness question mark.

But for now, I give Derwent Inktense a two thumbs up!
I also think I could utilize them with under painting for my pastel work, what fun!



My first sketch in these inks, is approx. 8" x 8".

This image is available in print form only through Fine Art America:








Tropical Fernery...Derwent Inktense Watercolor Ink Blocks..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews


I have a new TOY! Or a set of new toys actually!

One of my students had some of these to play with the other day,  and I thought I just had to have some for myself.
So I went online and ordered a set of 36. I elected to purchase the blocks as I think I will get more use out of them. 
They have these in pencil form as well, and if you don't like getting dirty fingers (as you can with these blocks unless you use the holders Derwent sells) , the pencil option might be the best for you.

I bought my blocks on Amazon as I have free shipping with Prime. I did get a much better deal than buying through an art store, a savings of around $30!

DERWENT  INKTENSE  WATERCOLOR INK is really an oxymoron.. 
After all, Inks are INKS, WATERCOLOR (although similar), is quite a bit different for many reasons.

However, these are great fun to play with.
I would advise they are inks and could be fugitive, so check with the colors in a sunny area and see how they stand the test of time with lighfastness.

The colors are wonderful!

I used these just as a paintbox, a wet brush on the selected colors and away I went.

Another thing to note is they won't shift after they are dry, so there is no making mistakes, one simply must try to work around the 'mistake' to camouflage it.

But....you can glaze one color over another after the first is dry because of the above property.. Handy huh?
Something for which WATERCOLOR can be a little tricky, as colors can move when wet.

You can use a fluid wet into wet technique as well by wetting the paper first and letting the colors all merge together, although I felt watercolor does a better job of getting a smoother wash than the Intense blocks.

 I used a wet into dry more deliberate method for my TROPICAL FERNERY  below.


I think these would be great for working outside on painting trips, easy to pack, not a lot one has to take. Also great in journals.

***I will post this painting on my print site as well (with a better photo), as that is the only way I would sell this image, due to light fastness question mark.

But for now, I give Derwent Inktense a two thumbs up!
I also think I could utilize them with under painting for my pastel work, what fun!



My first sketch in these inks, is approx. 8" x 8".

Images are available in print form only through Fine Art America:





Friday, July 15, 2016

Colors Of Spain..Watercolor..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews



Back into a few watercolors now. My life is set between painting in all genres and all media. Keeps me from getting bored.
I hope it also keeps you from getting bored.

This scene was in Spain (can't recall where) but my photo was pretty dark so I worked on a little sketch on my IPad in the Sketch Club app.
It helped me to doctor the colors and light I needed to use.

This image is 12" x 16" unframed
$250 plus S/H



Prints of this image and others are available at Fine Art America:


Rae conducts workshops and demonstrations of her techniques in ACRYLICS, PASTELS, OILS, and WATERCOLORS

For more information please contact her at:
rae4art@aol.com


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Falls.. Pastel..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews





This is one I did many years ago. As you can possibly guess, it's from when I lived on Maui.

It began as a demo for the Hui No'eau which is an art school on Maui where I used to teach.

I did embellish it again recently, so here it is. 
I have been going through old works and seeing what I deem worthy to post. Hope you like.

This image measures 22" x 16" unframed 
$450 Plus S/H



Prints of this image and more of my art are on Fine Art America:
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/falls-rae-andrews.html?newartwork=true

Rae conducts workshops and demonstrations of her techniques in ACRYLICS, PASTELS, OILS, and WATERCOLORS

For more information please contact her at:
rae4art@aol.com

Please visit Rae's Web Site at:www.raeandrewsgallery.fineartstudioonline.com

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Twin Falls, Maui..Pastel ..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews



This began as a demo many years ago when I lived in Hawaii, and I worked on it again recently.
It's a pastel (unframed) on Colorfix sanded paper.

17.5" x 25" 

$450 Plus S/H

Prints are available through Fine Art America:
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/twin-falls-rae-andrews.html?newartwork=true

Rae conducts workshops and demonstrations of her techniques in ACRYLICS, PASTELS, OILS, and WATERCOLORS

For more information please contact her at:
rae4art@aol.com


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