The Calm Before the Storm


I worked on this painting sometime in June. I don’t have a specific date and while I was thinking about this post, I vowed to make sure that I write down specific date for each of the pieces I do, just for my own mental peace.

I’ve been using a lot of Payne’s Gray recently (the bluish tone you see) because I’ve been moody, and I think that this color gives me a lot of options when putting it on the paper: it can be very saturated or watered-down, and I looks like it might be different colors.

Payne’s Gray is a bluish-gray color that is, nowadays, created using ultramarine blue and black. It was named after William Payne, an 18th-century watercolor artist.

Fun fact: Because of his novel techniques in drawing and the ease these could be learned, Payne became the most fashionable drawing-master in London at the end of the 18th century. Neat!

I hope you like “The Calm Before the Storm”, watercolor, 22 x 30 in.

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