Its a challenge, yes.
But wouldn’t it be just a little bit boring without a challenge or two?!
So far in my “Master Color” course we’ve been proceeding along in segments.
It makes it easier.
While I’m purposely creating this post for my Tuesday class, “MASTER COLOR” don’t let that stop you from joining in the fun today!!
Watercolors – The Real Basics
We’ve found out how to read the labels and, why that is so relevant.
(Pigment identification numbers, lightfastness ratings, series, names, brands, single pigment paints vs multiple ingredients.)
Plus, what opaques, granulators, stainers, transparents are and how you can use them to their best advantage, avoiding their liabilities!
Which ones are good social mixers and which ones, like to be the solo artists.
We also are discovering, how the differing brands of the same paint name, can make or break a color blend on your painting.
Last Term Blues Featured
2017 started off on the Cool side, focusing on the magnificent Blues of watercolor.
Daniel Smith Indigo, cobalt pb28, the 2 types of cerulean, prussian blue pb27, ultramarine pb29, phalo blue pb15.3 and indanthrone pb60 were the featured paints. We combined them with the lovely Daniel Smith Naples Yellow and Winsor Lemon py175. Totally fascinating!
Term 2 Warm Colors of the Earth
This term we’ve focused on Warms and the Earth colors.
Permanent Rose Pv19, Winsor and Newton Permanent Alizarin Crimson Pr206, Raw Umber PBr7, Burnt Sienna PBr7, Light Red. Now we are integrating these with the Blues in Landscape themes.
It has been a great fun challenge so far.
Especially trying to keep in mind, Keep it Loose, Keep it Simplified. And, Don’t get bogged down with “replication.”
ah yes…. easier said, than done.
Its a Challenge!
Weekly Watercolor Workouts
Each week, I suggest a little something for them to do at home.
Making sure they all feel free to Ad Lib. To change the recipe to suit.
Weekly Watercolor Works (WWW)
This week it is about depth. About aerial perspective.
And we will be mixing from only the colors we have from Term 1 and Term 2 to obtain the illusion of depth.
The aim is to enable the viewers to ‘walk through’ the paintings smoothly.
Not rough or bumpy, but a beautifully even and smooth, stroll through.
It is a Challenge……… Join Us?!
I mentioned to my lovely friends that I’d share some helpful visuals on my next post and title it The Challenge.
The landscape photographs you see here, you are welcome to use as references for your watercolor paintings too, as part of The Challenge. I’d appreciate it though, that my paintings, not be copied/used as reference. Its important, as many of my images are for sale in my shops…..Thanks!
Suggesting …. Depth and Perspective
One of the dilemmas, new artists face is how to create depth.
How to avoid that ‘flatness’ that happens so often. As it did to me, for way too long!
Is the simplest key. But it is, The second on my list actually.
The first is, of course tonal values. (See the Burnt Sienna landscape above)
If we make sure that the foregrounds are very warm (reds, oranges, terracottas, yellows)
and the middleground areas are less warm (greens – lime greens, grass green, blue greens)
and then the backgrounds are quite cool (grey greens, blues, pale grey lavenders) Well!
Then we will have a lovely smooth stroll through the painting.
The painting will have depth and perspective.
HOW? You ask.
Always, mentally divide the photo, painting, subject into sections.
Background. Middleground. Foreground.
Assign each, the ‘temperature’ of colors that is appropriate for its location.
Lets say I have mixed up a lemon green for a field that is closer to the front. Maybe it was a canola field? Anyway, to make the back part of that field recede like it needs to, all I need to do is add increments of a blue to the mix and paint away.
Lets say I’ve some bushes, shrubbery that are in the foreground, middle, background…..
Something like this, might be the way to go.
Some Reference photos, that I thought might be helpful are below.
What you’ll want to do is to simplify.
Mentally divide the image into the 3 sections back, mid, foreground.
Assign each area the appropriate color temperature and textural effects and tonal value.
Never try to ‘just duplicate’ a photo. They don’t tell the truth, anyway!
Use the photos as guides.
Suggest….. the details. There is truly no need to reveal, expose it all.
Go for a close approximation and do your best to put your own spin on things.
Its just a piece of paper.
Watercolor Basic Posts you’ll find great resources:
Did you know, that Maimeri Raw Umber (my favorite) mixed with cerulean/cobalt blend in a wet wash creates a gorgeous greeny blue.
That is so perfect for middleground hills, with the slight granulation ….. suggesting, shrubbery!
It is, Delightful to experiment with these colors we have added to our palettes so far.
It is a Wonderful Watercolor Challenge. Yes.