Friday, 28 March 2014

On March 21, 2014 Colors of Nature received this piece of artwork from a very talented and creative artist by the name of Tamara Philips. She requested a sample card and from it was able to make this painting.

She also had a few comments about the watercolor paints Colors of Nature offers.

Earth Colour Shell
I really enjoyed the lightness of the paints, the organic way in which they would disperse into water, and the ease in which they moved across the page. I also appreciated that I could still get a very dark colour for outlining my subject.
On a side note: The part that I struggled with the most is simply using ultramarine as the blue. There is nothing wrong with the paints, I'm just accustom to using phthalocyanine blues along with earth tones, since once mixed with earth tones, the shades are amazing! I find that ultramarine blue creates grey shades and really washes out the work when mixed with the earth tones. Perhaps it would be a matter of redefining the way I paint. I noticed the paintings in your gallery with really high contrast between the bold ultramarine, and other colours, worked the best (ie when the ultramarine was pure and bold, and not mixed with other colours).
Phthalocyanine isn't necessarily a chemical I want to keep in my practice, as I'm not sure it's the healthiest thing to have around, so I am looking for alternatives. I have also just tried some Maya blue earth pigments which gave some of that blue-green that I love so much, but I have yet to find my favourite "from the earth" blue.
So, do let me know if you have any suggestions for a "greenier" blue that doesn't go grey when mixed with the other earth colours.
Cheers! and thanks for making great paints!
- Tamara -
We encourage you to view Tamara's sites and all the other talented artists that have submitted artwork to Colors of Nature to show your support for vegan and cruelty free art supplies and see that a natural synthetic free artist paint doesn't mean compromising your standards for professional grade paints.
Recently, Colors of Nature had their paint reviewed by a popular art blogger by the name of Robyn Sinclair. Colors of Nature approached Robyn in order to receive this review but had no input other than delivering the paint to her location in Italy.

"PIENZA" Robyn Sinclair 2014 Colors of Nature paint on watercolor paper
Robyn Sinclair 2014 Colors of Nature paint
on watercolor paper
Her review is as follows. To read more of what Robyn has to offer please visit her site at: Have Dog, Will Travel.

"I've just had the pleasure of reviewing an intriguing new range of watercolours.  Intriguing because they are vegan - no animal products.

The palette is quite unusual in that it's very organic ... Colors of Nature as they are labeled by the Canadian manufacturer.  There are lots of Siennas and umbers.  The brightest pigment is the Ultramarine and there is a good Chromium Green.  This is a palette that is a natural for landscapes and probably portraits as the pigments dilute down to very soft washes.  Good granulation and a beautiful range of greys is achievable.  I'm missing a clear bright red.  The Real Red is very much an Indian Red.  This palette is certainly tailor made for Tuscan landscapes and architecture.

The paints come in little pots and are very reasonably priced.  Good luck to Colors of Nature."
"PATONGA TRAWLER" Robyn Sinclair 2014 Colors of Nature paint on watercolor paper
Robyn Sinclair 2014 Colors of Nature paint
on watercolor paper