Trying out my new bottle of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold Fluid Acrylic

Artists seem to be huge fans of the Golden Fluid Acrylic in Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold so I decided to buy a small bottle and see what all the chatter was about. This is the first thing I’ve painted with it and I’m impressed with the color of it! This image may be a little more intense than in real life, but it is a really cool color. I started this illustration by painting the main wildflower shapes in Quin Gold on a 6×6 sheet of Fabriano Studio watercolor paper that was coated with acrylic gesso. After letting the flower…

Carefree wildflower garden illustration

Yesterday I felt really inspired by artists like Carolyn Gavin and Amarilys Henderson. Flowers aren’t my favorite subject to paint, but there’s no denying that sometimes it’s the best thing in the world to sit down with no agenda other than to play with color and make satisfying brush strokes. Florals lend themselves well to that. I squeezed out some gouache onto my mixing palette: Rose and Horizon Blue (both Turner Design Gouache which I got for a fantastic price at Jerry’s Artarama), Lemon Yellow and Ivory Black (Holbein), and M.Graham Titanium White. And just started painting plants! It was…