I ordered a 24-pan set of Schmincke watercolors when I got back from France. Albany Wiseman was using Schmincke in Provence and I was so impressed with the quality of these paints. They are deeply pigmented and mostly transparent, which makes them wonderful for glazes, the method Albany was teaching at les Bassacs. The 24-pan set had colors I'd never used and didn't have colors I always use, so I figured I'd be out of my comfort zone. Which is good. I've spent my life jettisoning one comfort zone after another.
I also ordered a couple of Daniel Smith tubes I'd been curious about: cobalt green pale and lunar black.
In the three sketches below, I used mostly my new Schmincke set, with the addition of the two Daniel Smiths above and also Daniel Smith raw sienna in parts of the face of the African mask.
A word about these sketches. I made them, two buddhas and an African mask, at the nearby university art museum. With these I take up again the languished thread of my 101 Faces Project. Yikes I'm behind here, but I do have lots more than I've posted in the gallery of the same name at left. I can tell I'll have to do an All Faces, All the Time week sometime in late December. Other art projects have pushed my faces onto the back burner. Ouch, that hurts! This, too, is life.