Trip down south… and a few lessons in the making! Une couple de leçons plus tard.

We left in a rush, pretty much at the last minute, last Friday for a well deserved break to Cayo Largo… which turned out to be hot, humid and hot… the exact opposite of our Quebec weather conditions.

On the first day of the trip, my colour palette was exposed to close to 46ºC temperatures, and when I opened my handbag, all of the Winsor & Newton watercolours had dripped all over my handbag and over each other! Not so for the Daniel Smith nor Schminke watercolours. Yikes! So I spent the rest of my day trying to salvage and clean the mess up. Lesson #1.

When I started painting in the sketchbook, I did not notice that the sunscreen on my arm had touched the right-hand side of the page… and it acted as wax on the paper. You can see the effects of this under the bridge, on the left palm tree. Lesson #2.

In this temperature, the Daniel Smith watercolours all seemed to granulate and take in the salt from the sea air. They did not react well to the hot temperature. Lesson #3.

Sketchbook:  Trav•e•logue series watercolor journals by Hand•book Journal Co.
Size: 8.25″ x 8.25″
Bought at Avenue des arts, a fine arts shop in Westmount.
Recommended by: Shari Blaukopf

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