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Before I went away on holiday I ordered a little sample set of Peerless Watercolors from OliveMeArtsie on Etsy.  My mini palette arrived while I was away so of course I’ve been itching to try it out since I got back, and finally had some time this morning.

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I did a sheet of test swatches to get a better idea of the colours.

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Oh they’re lovely, aren’t they?  Let’s have a look at the palette and the swatches in the same light, you can see how dark and full of pigment the palette is.

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The range of colours is good, and the pigment is nice and strong so a little will go a long way.  I’m hugely impressed at the portability of this medium, and the possibility of making my sketch kit even smaller (I do like to downsize), but alas this travel palette as supplied is just a wee bit too big.

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Ideally I’d like it to fit into the little pocket at the back of my sketchbook, so it would need to be quite a bit smaller (as pictured below), which would mean it’d be a little thicker I suppose (as it would run to more than two sides), but definitely something to consider.

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A friend of mine is over in the US at the moment so she’s going to see if she can get me some full sets of Peerless Watercolor that I can play with and cut down to make my own custom palettes, but if she has no luck finding them I think I’ll see if OliveMeArtsie can oblige.

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Due back from my holiday today so I think it’s a good time to show the postcards I sent while I was in Orkney. All quite simple scenes from my trip, drawn in ink and then filled in with watercolour.

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Great wheelie bins spotted on Chevening Road, NW6.  Photo courtesy of Matt.

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Right this minute I’m away in Orkney, and hopefully getting a chance to draw en plein air.  I’ll have plenty of sketches to show from my trip when I get back at the end of the month.  In the meantime here’s a gift I gave to my friends in Inverness when we stayed with them last week.  The drawing is based on a photograph of Marley I took during their visit here in May.  Cheeky blighter was in the house all of ten minutes before I found him in the bathroom sink!

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Some work by ProPig which can be found on the pathway along the A50, between the Britannia Stadium and Heron Cross (Stoke-on Trent).  Photos courtesy of Matt.

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I’m on holiday in Scotland at the moment so the only thing I’m working on is my holiday sketch journal.

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That’s a deliberately poor photo, by the way, as I’ll share my sketches properly when I get back at the end of the month.

For now, here are some of my holiday snap so far.

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Turns out that drawing incredibly fluffy white dogs is absolutely as difficult as it looks.  This is Ghost, a very pretty samoyed that my dog plays with at the park.  She’s an absolute stunner (my boy does have good taste in bitches!) and I might have a go at drawing her in pencil another time, to see if I can get better detail.

If you’re Ghost’s owner and you happen to pop by and see this, please do leave a comment!

 

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