Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer Fun

I hope everyone in the USA had a great Independence Day weekend and for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, I hope you're staying warm throughout winter. Our long weekend was filled with BBQ's, water fights, picnics, bike rides and parades.  There was so much fodder for me the capture in my journal, but alas my focus was definitely on my two crazy kids this weekend. It was T's first foray into the world of celebration.  No big deal you say? Well, he turns 2 next month, but was born 16 weeks premature and spent 5 months in the NICU, so 'normal' hasn't always been normal for us. You can read more about his story here.  (Feel free to register, it's a health site so a log-in is standard, but its safe, anonymous, and there's no spam etc.)

By the end of the long weekend, I did manage to sit on the rocking chair on our front porch with my new travel set of 24 Sakura Koi Watercolors and my sketchbook. I've been a bit uncertain about switching watercolor brands because I'm relatively new to this medium and I don't know much about them. What I do know is that I need vibrant, bright, juicy color.  My Van Gogh watecolor pan paints have served me well in this way, but they're running out and I haven't been able to find them in the far! So it's time for something new and I thought I'd try Koi's.

 The thing I love most about this time of year in the mid-west are he stunning flowers.  The summer season is so short compared to my beloved home of Australia and it seems that nature condenses and intensifies everything to make it 'worth' it. Plus, we get a lot of rain so its always green and the blooms are huge and especially beautiful.

Have you used Koi Watercolors? What do you think of them?  For those of you who LOVE intense and vibrant color in your work, I'd be interested to know, what is your favorite watercolor brand?

Thanks for checking in xx