I seem to have just spent a couple hours reading the watercolor section of Handprint, Bruce MacEvoy’s website. I find the information about color and color theory rather overwhelming. I’ve looked it over before. However, this time I came across a section I did not notice before.
In discussing his pein air paint kit, he writes:
“I indulge in a large (21 pan) selection of colors because this allows me a wider range of paint handling attributes (texture, transparency, staining). I also discovered that working with a more limited number of paints tends to consume time in paint mixing and water in brush rinsing in situations where both are precious resources. ”
This from a painter who, from his extensive writings, knows more about the chemistry and properties of paint than anyone I’ve yet encountered! The point about time and water as resources is good and one I had not considered. I’ve been laboring under the presumption that I should function with a limited palette.
Also reading Liz Steel’s most recent post about developing her palette.