|painted on 300gsm cold pressed cotton rag
(24 x 18 cm)
I bought a number of replacement half-pans more than a decade ago. I had evidently mislaid the card that listed the colours, because there was a whole lot of guessing going on. Some of the "replacements" don't seem to tie in with the originals, and there is at least one duplication.
|Original colour card, with my paint swatches
I bought Artists' colours, despite the original paints being Cotman (Winsor and Newton's student range). I must have been feeling ambitious - or wealthy.
Curiously, the first pan that needed replacing was Violet (I think I painted a lot of irises). Logically, I had Winsor Violet to replace it with.
It's much stronger.
I used it today in a 20 minute watercolour sketch over the Kennet and Avon canal.
It does dominate rather - but I quite like it. I deliberately kept the palette centred around that violet once I realised what was happening. There's greens and blues and a little lemon yellow, and that's it - apart from my "new" violet.
I'm wondering, now, how fast I can finish up the other nearly-empty half-pans, so that I can install and try out the other semi-random replacements. There's a few colours that I use a lot of now but scarcely touched in the first 20-odd years that I owned the box; I want to get Artists' half pans of Prussian Blue, Lemon Yellow and Alazarin Crimson. The old Cotman versions in this box seem a little weedy. I fully expect that new Artists' Versions are going to blow me away.