Collection No. 5 is the latest color collection from my Soul of the Ozarks series is similar to the previous one (Collection No. 4 has six colors and will be posted soon to Etsy, and Collection No. 3 is still on display and for sale at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR).
Collection No. 5
At the time of this post, there are two of these left over at the Wild Ozark Etsy shop, and one that might be added back to the inventory if it isn’t claimed soon by the person who reserved it.
Instead of nine fabulous shades, this one has four. Collection No. 5 has ‘Ancient White’, which is not included in the previous collection, although it is included in the Collection No. 3.
Four colors are more than enough to make incredible art, though. A smaller set is a more affordable entry point for artists new to the handmade watercolor experience, so I try to alternate between larger and smaller collections in my releases.
This Twisted Tree uses only a single color:
“Whole Yellow” is included in Collection No. 4 and Collection No. 5 and I’ll have more of this color in future collections.
The Color Stories
Purple Heavies (textured)
All of the ‘purple’ colors I’m making are sourced from a single large rock that I found on our county road after the grader passed over it with his blades. It cracked open the rock to reveal an incredible purplish color. The paint is more of a brown, with some purplish undertones. The Purple Heavies sandstone paint has a bit of texture. These grits can be dusted off of the dried painting if you like. The color will remain behind.
Purple Heavies is a bit of a challenge because it does stain the paper and doesn’t re position well. But wow it is a rich pigment! If you put it down somewhere mistakenly, best find a way to incorporate.
Purple Heavies Gouache (lightly textured)
When I create a paint from a pigment-rich ochre, it leaves a lot of color on the plate once I’m finished scraping it off to put in pans. To avoid wasting the color I like to add some pure powdered limestone to the plate. It creates a lighter version of the same color, with more opacity and a different effect to the paint. It’s hard to achieve much shading but it’s great for things you don’t want to darken too much.
Whole Yellow Sandstone (textured)
This one also has texture. All of the ‘whole’ stone colors do. The yellow sandstone is an incredibly rich color that can achieve some depth of color if you layer the paint or apply with less water on the brush. The yellow sandstone yields a clean yellow color. It’s one of my favorites! Builds, lifts, and repositions nicely.
This is more than ‘antique’ white. It’s ancient because the color comes from limestone found in Felkins creek in Madison county, right near Wild Ozark. It’s likely the large chunk I found once was a part of our ancient sea corals.
Collection No. 4
One of the colors in this collection is taking longer to dry and solidify than I expected, so it’s not yet ready to ship. I do have it with me when I go to markets, though, and if I don’t get snowed in this weekend it’ll be with me at the Fayetteville (indoor) Farmer’s market.
Collection No. 3 (nine colors)
This one is on display and for sale at the Walton Arts Center until Dec. 16. After that, if any are left, I’ll list it to Etsy.