"Color sets a mood and gives an artist unlimited means of expression. Color can be magical. Where composition and technique connects with our intellect, color touches our heart. It's been said that color is the heart and soul of watercolor. Is studying and understanding basic color theory instead of simply relying on color formulas worth the effort? Each of you will have to answer that question for yourselves." --Susie Short
With Susie's set and her enclosed Inksmith article, "Some Thoughts on Color", you will learn about color relationships and open the door to greater freedom of expression.
The Susie Short "Artist Series" Watercolor Set B includes seven 15ml tubes of DANIEL SMITH watercolor in the following colors:
- Indanthrone Blue - This organic Vat pigment is a super-staining primary blue. Warmer than most blues, Indanthrone is clear with a delightful range from blue-black to stonewashed denim. Indanthrone Blue offers exciting new possibilities for Indigo skies, water and interesting shadows, as it can be successfully graded to achieve atmospheric and color perspective.
- Sap Green - A wonderful-the hue we love with the permanency we need. This non-fugitive formulation creates deep forest shadow-green mixed with French Ultramarine and mossy golden-greens and green-browns when mixed with Burnt Sienna or Quinacridone Sienna or Burnt Orange. Sap Green mixes well with most pigments and leaves a stained residue when lifted. In the French Ultramarine or Quinacridone mixtures mentioned above, squeegee or knife areas to reveal the Sap Green stain and to create blades of spring-shiny grasses within deeper or mossy passages.
- Cobalt Blue - This neutral, non-staining primary blue will subtly modify most pigments. Considered a "mixing pigment", its transparent nature can cast a giant reticulating shadow. An inorganic pigment, it is considered transparent, non-staining (or low-tinting) and ideal for glazing methods. Its ability to create soft edges, to lift and to mix readily makes Cobalt Blue a valuable contribution to watercolor palettes.
- Perylene Maroon - In the mid-yellow to red zone of the color wheel is this exciting find, Perylene Maroon is a semi-transparent super staining dark red-brown. Perylene Maroon allows glowing washes that can emanate from a saturated source emerging into sunlight patches. As with other staining pigments, create organic textures with salt application and lift pigment for highlights. Its semi-transparency makes Perylene Maroon special for browns.
- Quinacridone Coral - A treat for the eyes of both painter and viewer, this intense Quinacridone color is a clear red tinged with pink and orange. Highly durable and extremely transparent, all the Quinacridone colors excel in vivid clarity and intensity.
- Quinacridone Gold - Everyone's favorite, Quinacridone Gold replaces Raw Sienna and adds versatility with its glazing and mixing capabilities. It is an excellent low-staining golden yellow pigment that can enhance any mixture. Try glazing an old "failure" with Quinacridone Gold to begin a rescue operation. Highly durable and extremely transparent, all the Quinacridone colors excel in vivid clarity and intensity.
- Quinacridone Violet - Disperses evenly with slight granulation and moves from deep darks to clear, glowing washes. Like all Quinacridones, it is an extremely lightfast organic pigment. In terms of complementary couples, Quinacridone Violet mixes best with a cleaner primary green.