Back to PB60 (My Favorite Blue)

December 16, 2011

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Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen Sketch with layers of gouache added with a 3/4 inch filbert and smeared around with a paper towel; in my 9 x 12 inch in-studio Fabriano Venezia journal.

The other night I just went forward with the PB60 (Indanthrone Blue) that was already on my palette. I've been experimenting with Cobalt blue lately, but it seemed time to return to my favorite blue. I added white to the blue for the tint used at the side and in some other areas.

All the gouache used in this painting was Schmincke gouache. They have PB60 in their line. M. Graham does not (which is why I started "Project 640 Tubes").

That's all I really have to say about this. Some people have comfort foods (mine is tuna and rice) and some people have comfort pigments. I have both.

    • December 16, 2011

    i LOVE this!! Beautiful color and the white space. I hope you leave it that way, it looks done.

  1. Reply

    Liz, thank you. Yep, it’s done. Even if I had something to say that day (and increasingly I am finding that I don’t have anything to say—go figure) I would leave this one blank. Isn’t PB60 WONDERFUL!!!??

    • Miss T
    • December 17, 2011

    That dog looks a bit familiar…

  2. Reply

    Sorry Miss T. it isn’t Maxwell, it’s a very timid lab mix (though I don’t think he looks that timid in the image). I did get some cute photos of Maxwell at the dog park, however, and hope to use them for sketches some cold day when I can’t get over to the zoo. (Now that the zoo closes at 4 p.m. I’m having trouble getting over there earlier in the day.)

    • Miss T
    • December 17, 2011

    Wow, very similar markings!

  3. Reply

    I’ll have to get the photos out Miss T and compare. I would hope I could get a better likeness though if it were Maxwell. But then maybe when I compare them side to side?

    I remember Maxwell as having a shorter nose and a rounder head. And of course his lovely Pirate smirk!

    I should probably come and see Maxwell in January just to verify my observations! That’s the ticket!

    • Miss T
    • December 18, 2011

    Roz, yes, he does have a shorter nose. But what I noticed was the markings on the ears, and the expression — he often makes that “oh no” sort of look and crinkles his ears when he thinks something is all wrong. So it was more feeling than exact likeness that I reacted to.

    I do think Maxwell would be up for more sketching in January!

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