I try not to buy too many watercolors each year, but occasionally there is one that I simply can't resist. So, for the first time in six months, I bought a new color: Daniel Smith’s Perylene Maroon (PR179).
DS Perylene Maroon is a semi-transparent, non-granulating, deep red-brown. It is also highly lightfast, which of course pleases me greatly. One characteristic that I’ve noticed about DS Perylene Maroon is that it has a considerable shift from wet to dry. Let me show you what I mean:
It's undeniable that there is a big drying shift. As you can see, though, if you really load up your brush, you can also achieve that beautiful deep brown red. In my opinion, this makes Perylene Maroon a flexible color. Although I've only used it in portraits so far, it seems like it will also lend itself well to botanical and landscape paintings, which is confirmed by Bruce MacEvoy at HandPrint.
One of the reasons why I chose to buy this color (besides simply falling in love with it) is that when I was experimenting with my Daniel Smith Watercolor dots to find pleasing color combinations, I found that Perylene Maroon works particularly well with DS Moonglow. In fact, Moonglow is a beautiful color that I’ve been fortunate to have in my palette for a while. However, after realizing that I wasn’t using it very often, I decided to make it a point to use it more regularly. Hence, I decided to replace my pan of Daniel Smith’s Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet with a pan of Perylene Maroon.
Here’s a fun watercolor triad that I put together during one of my lunch breaks last week. I find it to be a very pleasing color combination. Spring is right around the corner, but in a way, it feels like only now am I embracing the darker and more subdued tones of winter in my art. I'll have to try making a painting with this triad and report back.
In the meanwhile, feel free to let me know what you think about Perylene Maroon in the comments section. Have you used this color? Do you like it? Why or why not? I’m excited to find out!