When I first started painting my teacher introduced me to tubing colors. Being a new student I did not quite understand the benefits of tubing my own colors and thought the mixing and tubing process to be fun while being labor intensive. Later on when I put those tubed colors to use did I realized just how beneficial it was to have an abundant supply of color on hand readily available. There was no longer the need to be constantly mixing up color hither and thither. All I had to do was reach into my paint box, open a tube of color, squeeze out some paint onto my palette and start painting. Now I am introducing the concept of tubing colors to my students. It is a great kick to watch them take out their supply of empty paint tubes, pigments, palette knives and see the amazement on their faces as the pigments get swirled together into large toffee colored mounds of paint that morph into flesh tones that rival makeup foundation products.
When I proposed the idea of mixing and tubing flesh tones to my student Kay, she jumped right at the opportunity. The series of photographs show her mixing and tubing and occasionally yours truly is shown giving a hand with the work.