Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Virginia Creeper

Here is the beginnings of a Virginia Creeper study. I have moved back to Winsor and Newton paints, seemingly a whole new experience after some time with Rublev and limited palette. I found that a mix on Winsor Red and Cadmium Orange brought me in close to leaf color. Also New Gamboge for leaf underlay and probably washes in the future, and Permanent Alizaron Crimson for petiole and main veining.

My model is a few-day old pressing that is losing color rapidly, even though I keep it protected from light when not in use. I'll most likely pick fresh samples as I continue this study.

The brushes in this image are quite my favorites, Raphael 8408 in #4 and #6. I find that I can do fairly fine work as long as they are not too saturated. My W&N Series 7 #6 doesn't come close to fine tipping as these Raphaels, but to be fair, these are the fine tipped line. Raphael makes a series 8404 with "regular tips" and I suspect that they are closer to the W&N Series 7. I do have smaller W&Ns (#4 on down to 00) and really should try them out for fine work. Simulateously, I am tempted to simply fill out the Raphaels on both sides...


  1. Big fine-tipped brushes are very satisfying to use. I am a fan of the tinies. I have a 10X0 somewhere which is a mere wisp, barely useable. 000 is a good miniature-painting size! But every so often I find something larger in a range which, as you say, seems to be specially shaped for detailed work, and they are great for keeping painting with for ages.

  2. I brought out the little ones this evening to keep close by, but so far my trusty #4 Raphael is just the ticket. I suspect that as I work finer that more use will come to those.