Old Orchard

Old Orchard

Oil on canvas, 10″ x 8″

A few days ago I had put a dab of each of my 8 different paints from Blockx onto my palette intending to do a mini review on their paint, but I’ve been busy so it ended up sitting around for a couple of days. Yesterday I decided to just try painting something with what was on my palette, but I didn’t really know what. After applying dabs of various colors to a canvas I saw that trees were starting to appear and it soon became an orchard. I’ve tried painting in an Impressionist style like this just once before, maybe 10 years ago, so this was a bit of an experiment for me.

The paints I used were-
French ultramarine blue deep, PB29
Turquoise green, PB36
Golden green, PY154+PG36
Titanium white, PW6
Crimson lake, PR264
Cadmium red orange, PO20
Mars yellow orange, PY42
Mars violet, PR101

The first four I used the most of and had to put more of the ultramarine, golden green, and white on my palette, but since I had some of all of them already there I used at least a little of everything.

The only brush I used was a Princeton synthetic round, 6300 series, size 2, and I didn’t clean it at any point while painting so it had all the different colors mixing together on it. I finished this entire painting in one painting session.

My opinion of the Blockx paint is that it’s some of the best, if not the best, that I’ve used. It tends to be a bit expensive though, but I got all of my tubes from various sales on specific colors with huge discounts. If I had to pay their normal prices then I’d be perfectly happy using less expensive brands instead, at least for cadmiums and cobalts. I think their titanium white is the best white that I have for its consistency.

8 thoughts on “Old Orchard

    1. I’m not sure I’d call myself “good” at it (although this might be the best thing I’ve painted), but I have no doubts that you’ll do better things than this. 🙂

      1. I hope so. I’m not really friends with brush and canvases so… hahaha. But I’m hoping. For now, I’m just enjoying using pencils and charcoals. But thank you, you’re one of my inspirations in painting! 🙂

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