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Thursday Night Art Jam! 3 Swap Cards done!



Opalescent Squid, Daniel Smith Interference Green, Iridescent Gold and Duochrome Turquoise watercolors on black Rising Stonehenge with just a touch of Sakura Koi black in the eyes to touch up the pupils. I love how strong these colors are, and the Duochrome does shift back and forth bluer or greener depending on the angle you look at it. I've got to get an entire tube of that color at least, it's way too useful.



Northern Sea Star again in Daniel Smith watercolors from the sampler, this time using Undersea Green, French Ultramarine, Carbazole Violet, Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Sodalite Genuine and Perylene Red with a little Winsor & Newton Titanium White Gouache for the tube feet and some mottling on the vase sponge it's crawling over. I had fun with the rocks and the algae. Genuine Sodalite is expensive but it's wonderful, like a granulating Paynes Grey, useful in all the ways Payne's Grey is but has this neat texture of its own.

They knew what they were doing sending samples like that -- and big usable samples too that I could do entire ACEOs with.



A Surly Fish might be a piranha, I got it from Unrestricted-Stock on DeviantART Underwater Pack III, and there were no species labels on the royalty-free photo references in the pack. But it looks like a piranha, it has that look to it, that shape and also those eyes with the bony shade over them. Pretty nasty looking fish in a bad mood there. Or just built to bite. I used Sodalite Genuine, Hansa Yellow Medium, Undersea Green and Duochrome Turquoise -- the background is a light wash of Duochrome Turquoise.

I love how these watercolors handle. They are excellent. I'm very tempted to just order the colors in the sampler, having tested them all before using any of them in these. They mix wonderfully, the shimmery iridescents and duochromes and all have enough intensity to show up well on black and are some of the best iridescence-on-black things I've done. I was especially impressed with how the Opalescent Squid scanned. Often if I do metallic on black, it'll scan dark and the metallic or shimmery effects will be lost in the scan -- but it shows up great. Nothing to sneeze at when the market really likes glittery ACEOs but if they don't scan well that's hard to impress buyers with, those paints themselves might be worth it. Just those three.

I'll have to juggle what's left after I do my computer repairs and see whether to do some of the Blick or go to Daniel Smith and still plan Blick as an entire month unto itself. The price went up on some of my Blick stuff so that also makes Daniel Smith more attractive. None of the colors in the sampler were the same as the ones that I bought either, and none are the same as any in my Winsor & Newton set except French Ultramarine, which is one of those staple colors that gets used in vast quantity and is on sale. Both the Primary and Secondary triads are on sale cheaper than the one I just got. But the way their site works it's got its own coupons and deals, and so planning the order rather than spreading it out might be good too. I'll decide later. But their sampler was definitely a good idea for them, it's got me seriously understanding why Aladyx swears by these paints.

They are completely dried out and dissolve very easily when touched with a dry brush. If I got these I'd probably use a dedicated palette and just squish some out and keep refilling the palette rather than wiping it out every time, though the size of the tubes is very handy for frugality -- the price is not bad at all for 15ml tubes that are really good size.

I am happy with them and extremely relieved about the swap. I've sent out four cards plus my two Open Swap cards, now I've painted three more tonight, and so I've got only two to go.

Lisa did an enormous beautiful Goddess painting in Derwent Inktense with the four elements, and she loves Inktense. It's so her medium, she took to it naturally as soon as she tried them. It's bright and vivid but she did it on 12" x 16" watercolor paper so we don't have scans of it for me to post hers too, or I would. I should've snapped a photo. I hope she does and posts it on DeviantART.

kkitten42 has three new LJ accounts! All of them topical. kansasspinner, copywriterinfo and [Bad username: kansasherbalist> are all <lj user=] doing her Topical Blogs thing. Check them out and friend them, all are going to have posts with tons of useful information. That is if you're interested in the topics -- Spinning (and dyeing and knitting and stuff with yarn, making it and using it), Copywriting (a useful skill for anyone who sells anything online) and Herbalism. Way cool sites.
Explore-Oil-Pastels-With-Robert-Sloan.com Articles at eHow.com, ETSY shop, My Bonanzle Booth, deviantART gallery, SFFmuse and look for art by robertsloan2art on eBay. Listed on Art Blogs 4 U
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Interesting art blog: Patrick's Art Blog focused on realism!
New Topical Blog: www.robs-art-supply-reviews.blogspot.com for all the cool art stuff that isn't oil pastels!

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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
the_mongrel
Jun. 27th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
Those are some great looking sea critters!
robertsloan2
Jun. 28th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Thank you! I love Thursday Night Art. Lisa somehow brings out the best in me, I always do something a lot better than usual if she's around.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 10th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say
Thanks !
(Anonymous)
Sep. 25th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Good post..
omg.. good work, dude
robertsloan2
Sep. 25th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Good post..
Thanks! Keep watching, I'll go on posting updates and new art often!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 28th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
thank you
thats for sure, bro
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