Swatching At Sunset: Daily Art Practice

Couch Talk


My husband and I were driving on top of the ridge at sunset and I was able to capture a few beautiful photos in my passenger’s side mirror. I love how the lighting changed in only the 5 minutes or so it took us to get from one side to the other.

Do you like to swatch? I follow a few people on Youtube and they make swatching paint look like so much fun. One of my favorites to watch is Sandi Hester. Her style is loose and fun and she is all about experimenting with color palettes.



Daily Art Practice



Recently, I had an artist date that allowed me to check an item off my to-do list since the end of last year. Last Christmas, my husband gifted me the Daniel Smith 238 Watercolor Dot Color Chart 4 Sheets. It was just one of those things that wasn’t as fun as painting or so I thought, so I always had an excuse why I didn’t want to do it. For those of you that do not know what a swatch sheet is, it has small amounts of paint (mine is watercolor), that have dried and can be reconstituted using a bit of water. This is an excellent way to see the paints and try them out before splurging on a $10-20 tube of paint.




I used my StencilGirl Color Swatching grid to put guides on my watercolor paper.



Here is a close-up of the card. They tell you the lightfastness, opacity, non-staining and granulation properties at the bottom of each color.



Here are some of the metallic paints.



Look at those beautiful greens! I want them all!



As predicted, the swatching of 4 sheets took me 3.5 hours from start to finish. I lit a candle, drank tea and listened to an audio book so overall, it was a relaxing time and it left me inspired to do more color swatching and mixing in the future.


Tea Day




I am joining the tea day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Tiesta Tea Pineapple Sangria Pineapple Hibiscus White Tea Premium Loose Leaf Tea Blend . On Cyber Monday, Tiesta Tea was on sale, so I stocked up on some flavors I had never tried. This one is very tasty and I would definitely recommend it.

Happy Tea Day,


17 thoughts on “Swatching At Sunset: Daily Art Practice”

  • That sunset is pretty. Isn’t it amazing how quickly it goes? Do I swatch? I have made swatches,, but usually I am journaling and I don’t need to be so fussy about colors. I can see if you want to get actual colors. But there is something appealing about a swatch sheet. Have a great T day and week ahead Kate. hugs-Erika

  • Those Daniel Smith colors are beautiful and brilliant. And expensive, as you said. Your swatch work is really good and a great reference whan you want to choose your color.

  • That does look like a lot of work-but nice to all the colors ion the page afterwards. loved the photos you captured in your mirror too-pretty cool.
    Happy T Kthy

  • Reflections of sunsets or sunrises are photograph. One of my favorites was a reflection in a ship’s windows. Yours is neat.
    best, mae at

  • Hi Kate, beautiful sunset and yes I love swatching! I’ve often thought about that big set of DS dots but so far I’ve not bought it. I do have several others though, some they were giving out for free at a local art shop!!! I recently refilled all my palettes and then swatched out all the colours for each. I have a really big set of Mijello watercolours, the pure pigments, and that was a joy to swatch. Thanks for your visit today, I replied to your comment, but in case you don’t see it – I love mince pies! They sell jars of mincemeat here that you can use to fill your pies – not sure if you can get that there but it’s easy enough to make your own. Back in the day, they used to contain real minced meat along with the fruit and spices but luckily now they only contain the fruit/spices! Happy T Day! Elle xx

  • What a magical moment to witness the sunset from the top of the ridge! Capturing those moments and changes in lighting sounds like a beautiful experience. It’s incredible how nature can transform in just a few minutes, Thanks for sharing that lovely moment! Happy T Tuesday!

  • Beautiful sunset! And And you had the very original idea of photographing it in your rear mirror. Really lovely!
    I hadn’t heard of swatching but it looks like very necessary to me when you start buying as new brand, especially when they are not cheap. I assume the dot sheets are not free, although it would help sell the product. I’m glad you made it a ‘time for me’ activity. I have never listened to an audio book. Erika has them too. Must try it sometime.
    The tea looks like something I’d like. I actually googled it and the cheapest was 45$ for 2.2 oz!! On top of that I might have to pay custom duties on top of that. I’ll give this one a miss.

  • Thanks for visiting for T this week. I am sorry to be late visiting, but I have just been released from the hospital where I have been since Monday night. Before you ask, I DO NOT have Covid. I will be back tomorrow to visit each person who dropped by this week.

  • My plan on Friday was to visit the international T Tuesday participants first, while it was Friday in their world, then those who live in the states where it would still be Friday in THEIR world. That didn’t happen, although I was able to visit a few before my young fur baby got sick. As much as Bleubeard tries to stay away from Squiggles, he was (seemed) actually concerned for once. Now Squiggles has been looked at and taken care of, I am back to visit. And even though I am on hiatus until the new year, I will be here every Monday afternoon my time to spend T time with you.

    Love the sky photos in the mirror. I had never heard of swatching, but once you explained it, I have some swatches (not realizing what they were called) of individual colors that can be reconstituted, too, However, mine are full size individual swatches that are about an inch square. A friend sent them to me. I gad NO idea they were so expensive. Of course, mine are not Daniel Smith brand swatches. Like you, I love the greens and the blues.

    Love that Testa tea.. Pineapple sangria sounds delightful. Thanks for sharing with us for T this week, dear Kate.

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