José Tapiró y Baró – Reus, 1836 – Tanger, 1913. Remarkable exponent of Spanish Orientalism. His work depicts mainly people and scenes from Morocco – where he lived from 1876 until his death – and it is said that in order to have access to community and family events, that allowed him a close and truthful observation of the Moroccan life, he would often disguise himself as a Muslim man or even a Muslim woman.
A short while ago I came across the work of this outstanding but little know artist, Jose Tapiro y Baro, officially my newest artistic crush ❤ My Facebook followers have already been introduced to him but he deserves more exposure.
A few days ago I bought myself a nice little box of Windsor & Newton watercolors. I love them, the colors are vibrant and rich, the box is cute, but they have two tiny flaws:
No. 1 – the colors don’t dry very fast and remain a bit too gooey even hours after I stop using them; and because I mainly use them out and about and keep them in my bag, they move around in the box and get stuck to the lid;
No. 2 – there is no black color pan inside!!! And what do you do when life doesn’t give you a black color pan in your watercolor travel box? You effing mix that black yourself! And this takes us to the subject of my little blog post today: colored blacks. This time I’m in a for a longer article because I think some of you might find this info useful.
What are colored blacks, how to mixed them and why to use them? Keep on reading.