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Oot and Aboot with the Expeditionary Art Pocket Palette

December 5, 2016


The other day was Fourth Sunday, our regular get-together with USK:MTL. I went out for a second round with Maria Coryell-Martin’s Pocket Palette. (Which she graciously sent to me to try out). (Here’s the full review if you missed it).

pcoketpalette_open-800x672USK sketch-outs are a social affair. You can spend more time chatting than drawing. We had a lot of new visitors because of our article in la Press. In fact, I met the person who owns the house I sketched for the piece. That was kind of fun :)

The social aspect makes for better drawings sometimes. I was more slow-and-steady than my previous night-shoot. You get a more delicate sketch by taking your time. I wasn’t keeping track but let’s say these were around 20-30 min each. They’re small, so that’s a fair while for a tiny drawing.

These are similar to the 5×7″ish miniature watercolors I did last month. But, unlike last time, they’re drawn directly with the brush (instead of over a pencil sketch). A lot of tiny point work with the #7 round sable.

This is my fall colors limited palette: Neutral Tint, Raw Umber Violet, Quinn Gold Deep, Buff Titanium and Grey of Grey. I’ve used the tiniest touch of MG Turquoise in the windows.

And – just a reminder about using Maria’s discount code EXPLORE2016 sometime before the end of December if you want to pick up an Expeditionary Art Palette of your own.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2016 9:42 AM

    I like the slightly variable lines made with the brush, because they seem more organic. Nice fall colors. :)

  2. rhondacaplan permalink
    December 5, 2016 12:08 PM

    i will be starting the craftsy course taught by Marc…I cannot wait.

  3. December 5, 2016 1:02 PM

    Very cool.

  4. Susan Garcia permalink
    December 5, 2016 4:38 PM

    I think the painting without lines would help me to paint more loosely. Very Nice!! Ordered the palette based on your recommendation and the discount (!) and cannot wait for it to get here to try. Thank you!!

  5. December 6, 2016 11:21 AM

    Marc . . . I’ve been using the Pocket Palette for a year or so, and it’s great, especially for smaller sketches. I find that Golden’s QOR watercolors are a great match for this small palette . . . they rewet easily and are more intense than most others.

    • December 6, 2016 11:31 AM

      I haven’t tried the QOR as yet – but I do find that in the M Graham for sure. The lack of luscious re-wetting is what is turning me away from the old standard Winsor and Newton by and large.

  6. December 6, 2016 12:51 PM

    Sorry Christa… thought I included the link.  Got the tiny palette box and a few extra large pans. $35 for both.  Hope the links through Citizen Sketcher work.  This would be neat to carry all the time! Paint with you soon, Thursday at Caspersen? Diane 

  7. December 12, 2016 5:21 AM

    Reblogged this on Caliban’s Hour.


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