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  • Writer's pictureHilda Van Netten

Ode to Fuchsite Genuine

In 2018, I was introduced to Daniel Smith watercolour paints by my daughter who had been experimenting with their sample dots. I was blown away by their intensity of colour. That year, I indulged in buying Green Apatite Genuine (left) and Mayan Blue Genuine (right). Last Christmas, Ted gave me the middle colours, ones that I'd tried on the sample dot sheets and loved. Today, I am going to highlight the middle one: Fuchsite Genuine.

This mineral, Fuchsite, is in the mica family and it's easy to believe that. It has a wonderful, soft lustre. I love "pushing" colour in my paintings. So, whenever I detect a colour, I make sure it is painted vibrantly.

Along the edge of my pallet, the Fuchsite Genuine is always kept very clean so I won't lose its glimmering strength in my paintings.

While we are looking at the pallet, here are the colours that are making up the "black" in this painting. They make a deep black, IF you use quality paint. These are all Winsor & Newton Professional watercolour paints.

So, here is the mushroom painting today. That bottom edge, which is really the side edge, is approximately 15.5". I will still need to go back over everything here once the page is covered to fine tune it with better shadows where needed.

I love wandering through the woods to see what beauty is presented to me there.

It informs my art.

Today, a dear friend "gave" me this quote:

Away, away, from men and towns,

To the wild wood and the downs.

To the silent wilderness.

Where the soul need not repress its music.

Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792-1822

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