|Kara sitting with Spring Flowers. Watercolor on Canson Arches Watercolor paper.|
I like to paint multiple pieces at a time, and I needed a horizontal Kara hero image, so I painted this while working on a batch of Gizmo Grandma pages. Since people have asked what I use for my real illustrations, I used a couple of self assembled dried watercolor palettes that contain a variety of Holbein Irodori , Winsor and Newton (both pans and tubes), Daniel Smith, and SoHo Urban Watercolors. I purchase empty pans and my palette is a metal palette similar to the ones at the bottom of this page. A metal palette like this is a lifetime investment- you really only need to buy it once, as long as you take care of it, it'll last. My palette allows for me to put my own pans in, and I make sure they stay in place when I travel with a little bit of double sided tape on the underside of the plastic pan. I paint with a variety of watercolor brushes, both natural and synthetic, from a variety of places, although these days I like to catch brush sales at my local Jerry's Artarama, because I really like their Creative Mark Rhapsody brushes.
This was painted on Canson Arches watercolor paper, which is one of my favorite papers for illustration.