Well, January is behind us now. Hello, February... and hope. (Hope to soon see brighter skies and warmer temperatures. Hope that March gets here quickly, along with Spring break... and yellow-green leaves)? We just never know here in Kansas, but I must confess... I do love the different seasons. Each one comes with its own gifts and colors. I appreciate certain characteristics from each.
Winter is all about cozy and pampering. I have a Winter routine... Far different than my Summer routine. I want to be inside and I feel no guilt in sitting in bed with a cup of hot tea or coffee, piles of pillows, ( including a blue, fuzzy dolphin Pillow Pet)... painting and reading. Last week I even did some shopping online. I decided that it was time I upgrade to a finer watercolor set. I prefer pans over tubes, and for some reason I was set on getting a metal box since my previous sets were all the plastic field boxes. As I always do, I spent days reading about the different brands. I was really drawn to "Maimeri", besides, I also prefer Italian made ( over the other choices in watercolor sets). Makes sense for a girl who's favorite foods are Italian, favorite designer is Italian, and so on. I went to Dick Blick and clicked the ADD TO CART button... Also added some Arches watercolor paper. Took a few deep breaths and checked out!
Today I can tell you that I wish that I would have made this purchase years ago. Although I haven't had much time to paint, I have tried all of the colors, painted a few small greeting cards. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful colors and such smooth appearance. I am now a "Maimeri girl", for life.
I started this painting early this morning...
Because I got the palette with 48 colors, I haven't yet mixed any of the colors. I want to become better acquainted with the individuals colors first! I think that the colors look very Tuscany! Hee hee. Very rich. Lots of reds, yellows, oranges, and earthy! I will be enjoying every minute of this weekend...
Even when I'm doing other Wintery things that I so love, such as making soup in the kitchen. Today's menu:
Mushroom and wild rice.
It's not very colorful, but it sure was delicious!
Winter doesn't have to be gloomy. Even the sun is peeking through the windows and I have still been snapping pictures of the lovely skies, day and night!
Stay cozy and warm!