Ocean Colours

I’m going to begin this post with a little confession…… around 12 years ago I bought myself a pack of 12 Windsor & Newton professional watercolours and it’s only in the last 6 months that I have actually started making proper use of them… ! I’m also pretty sure that I’m not the only person who’s done that… !!

Out of that set of 12 colours there are 2 greens: Hookers Green and Sap Green. These are both colours that I have virtually never used. Like many artists, if I need green I prefer to mix my own from blues and yellows. Last week I decided to have a little play with those greens….

Ocean Colours 1 - NB

I started by mixing Hookers Green with Prussian Blue and some lovely ocean colours began to emerge. I continued by mixing the Hookers Green with Phthalo Blue…. more lovely ocean colours….

I went on to do exactly the same with the Sap Green….

Ocean Colours 2 - NB


…. even more lovely, lovely ocean colours emerged! I love these colours ~ they inspire me. I may not use those greens for foliage but they are certainly going to start featuring in some seascapes in the future.

So…. are you one of those people (like me!) who’ve had a set of paints in a drawer or cupboard for over 10 years and never used them? Why not get them out and have a play with them? Go on, you know you want to…. !! You don’t have to create a masterpiece ~ just play with them ~ mix some colours ~ let them run together, mingle ~ have some FUN with them….

13 thoughts on “Ocean Colours

  1. Well, Evelyn, you’ve got me beat at 12 years, but I’m not far behind. If you were my next door neighbor, I’d walk those same W/N paints to your front door! I love your color palette, so soothing and restive.

    1. Thank you Carol !! I knew i wasn’t the only one…. still, I’m using them now, that’s what matters. I love these colours, they inspire me to create and experiment more….

  2. Oh, I know I should take your advice, yes, they’re not far away, and there are never-used brushes too, and paper…meanwhile, I love the color swatches, really, really pretty! There’s something about bluegreens, turquoise, colors in that neighborhood, so nice!

  3. Thank you Lynn – you’ll know when it’s the right time to use them…. ! Just playing with watercolours, having no agenda, is very relaxing and soothing to the soul ~ therapeutic. And mixing colours is so much fun…. !

  4. Your fresh new colors from your playing are just beautiful. Soft pastel colors are very soothing, and the colors you found are just delightfully soothing. I could hang a print of these and be very happy to just look at them all day long. It’s always a treat to visit here!

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