Spontaneous watercolour/gouache painting plus assorted palettes.

“The creative process is all about experimenting, letting go of the logical information that our brains have processed during our lifetimes, and embracing the concept of seeing our world in a much broader sense”    Janet Weight Reed – The Apple Exercise

This image is about being spontaneous – not being governed by an imagined outcome.  a case of going with the flow.…...watercolour/gouache20-11-15-1-510

I began with a mix of burnt sienna and prussian blue to make the darks, along with glorious Winsor & Newton Green Gold – a wonderfully transparent pigment.


Working very fast and using an old image as a  ‘jumping off point’ I begin to build up the whole composition.

All white areas are dry white paper…..


Continuing to work rapidly, I start to build up the image..using a mix of transparent watercolour and opaque designer gouache.      I use a knife to scrape out areas…to give a sense of energy.


I am not concerned about the end result…rather am enjoying the process of letting go and applying juicy paint to the paper…

As is the case with all of life...it’s all about the journey and not the destination……..


Building layers of paint, I have allowed some of the transparent watercolours to show through.   At the same time I add gouache to add opaque areas to the image.    All whites are dry white paper. 

I was going to add a hummingbird – maybe later…..


I have been asked what palettes I use for my watercolours…..this image shows a selection.

I am a creature of habit…and have had some of these palettes for over thirty years..namely the round palette and the tiny sketching palette.

The smaller palette in bottom left corner with fold over lid is perfect for travelling – and the large palette on right with lid is also goof for long haul trips.      When I run out of colour in my tiny palette, I simply refill it with tube paint.

I don’t clean off all the paint between painting sessions.     I run the palette under the tap using a brush to remove the messy areas.      This leaves blobs of pure colour which are still perfectly usable!     If it dries completely, you simply re-activate with water.


A magical hummingbird for the week ahead….

If you visit http://www.zazzle.com/janet+weight+reed+gifts  you will see that the magical hummingbirds have been very busy:)



A bientôt

35 thoughts on “Spontaneous watercolour/gouache painting plus assorted palettes.

  1. Margaret Parker Brown

    Beautiful painting and juicy, gorgeous color! I have been thinking about this quite a bit….that it is all about the journey and not the destination! So true! You are not afraid of color and that I totally adore that. 🙂

  2. olganm

    Truly spectacular and deeply colourful images, Janet. Thanks for the hummingbird (I need a bit of magic today. Lots to do) and I love the palettes. We all grow fond of things that serve us well over the years, more than of the latest shiny gadget. Have a beautiful weekend, Janet.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Dina….Yogurt pots are excellent….as we both know, adaptability is key:) Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend. and that the house works aren’t too daunting:)xxx

  3. Timi Townsend

    Thank you for this wonderful post, Janet! My palette, which probably is similar to the one on the right, is coming today. Then I’ll have no more excuses for not painting and drawing. 🙂 I’m thinking of using water-soluble colored pencil and water-soluble oil pastels (Neocolor 2) for this portrait of one of my nieces, to be given to her parents at Christmas. Wish me luck! 🙂

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning, Timi….the water soluble coloured pencils are excellent – I am not as well versed with pastels, although I know others who love these. If you carry the pencils along with one brush…they are perfect for travel purposes…a great sketching tool… Have a lovely and creative weekend…janet:)

  4. kathryningrid

    Rich and lovely as ever, my sweet. So rare to have such a sense of depth and layers and complexity in watercolors from other artists, and yet you make it look easy. Lovely!


  5. Mary

    It is stunning piece of work, your ability to let go and let your imagination run is both fascinating and invigorating. The results are so refreshing – I love getting see your process.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning again Mary….Thank you so much for this lovely comment…it always means so much from you. Every now and then, (should be every day:) I like to throw some paint at the paper/canvas and let go…..This gets me ready for the day ahead…..hope you have a very creative week…Janet:)

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      It’s a little difficult to describe in words…but if you follow my blog, every now and then I actually do a painting demo…which will give you some ideas. Basically it’s how my strange mind works:) Have a lovely weekend..janet.

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