On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

All these beautiful colors

A couple months ago I signed up for an online watercolor pencil class (six sessions) taught by Cathy (Kate) Johnson. I have many of her books, including one that we use in my watercolor class here in town. Finally the class started! The first week's homework is to investigate the colors in our sets and see how they work. I have somehow manage to accumulate FIVE sets of watercolor pencils and completed the homework with the three smallest sets. Different manufacturers use different amounts of pigment and different colors and give identical colors different names -- how confusing! But now I have some very vague idea as to what I own. Next lesson - how to use them.


  1. That's the only way to see what you have. I do this on every set of painting media I get. The latest on the Derwent Aquatone pencils. I keep a 3 ring notebook with all my colors in them. Have them in document protectors for safe keeping. It simply titled Color Samples!

  2. Hi Donn -- I've never done this before but I can see the value of it. Thank you for writing! - Barbara


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