Mixing Neutrals 1

Artist’s Date 4! I’m impressed with myself.

This week, my inner artist was cranky. She did not want to do anything. Normally, I would feel overwhelmed and think, forget it. I have no idea what to do.

This time I sat down and thought, okay, clearly I don’t want to do more from The New Color Mixing Companion (Affiliate Link). What do I want to do?

My inner artist:


She finally said: “Composition practice.”

I said, “Cool, but I’m pretty sure that book is in the garage and we will both have to go get it.”


I realized that one of the best things in life is when someone let’s me be cranky without taking it personally, so I thought, “You can pout and I’ll look through the art books that are in the house. If anything seems fun, speak up.

My inner artist:


Looking at my Making Color Sing book (Affiliate Link), she perked up a little. I’ve wanted to make a painting with mousy grays and bright compliments for years, but never got around to it. I didn’t have anything to paint today so I decided to grab another template from The New Color Mixing Companion and fill in some diamonds.

I accidentally printed on the back side of the paper and while the color mixing was fun, the paints did not seem to work well together. I am not very invested in the final piece, but it wasn’t supposed to be great. It was just practice. I’m tempted to do something else today, though. I don’t know what.

I also used it to practice more video making. I added a transition at the beginning and end this time. I’m also hoping to add an end screen. I tried last time, but it didn’t work. At least I’m having fun with the videos.

Want to see the previous artist dates?

About Elisha

Elisha Dasenbrock is an award winning, international watercolor artist. She paints with a limited palette on claybord. Dasenbrock graduated from the American Academy of Art in 2009 and has been painting professionally ever since.

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