Watercolor Studio Online

May 18, 2020

This week we’ll pick up where we left off last week.
I want to shift focus back to composition with an emphasis on the Principle of Balance. I also want you allow yourself to expand your concept of ‘shape-making’ and to allow yourself to make things up!
We’re going to start working with and thinking about another of the four characteristics of color – Chroma. And we’ll shift our focus back to shape composition a bit .

Pre-class: Assignment:

1) Download and print these two images: https://tonyconner.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/img831-scaled.jpg and https://tonyconner.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Route_8-scaled.jpg – you may already have them since this was part of last weeks pre-class.
2) Make at least two small thumbnails of something you already have painted – it could be the composition you prepared on watercolor paper for last week. On one of the thumbnails, recreate in pencil the actual value arrangement from your painting.
3) Create another, this time focusing on the light and dark areas. Make sure they interlock and overlap and that neither sits too close to an edge – thereby, off-balancing the composition one way or another.
Download and look at these examples: https://tonyconner.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/BarnScene_valuesketch1.jpg  and  https://tonyconner.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/BarnScene_ValueSketch2.jpg. Notice that in valuesketch2, the darks have been moved away from the left edge and interlock with the light shape that includes the building. The light shape has been expanded to include the roof. The tree line that runs in from the left has also been expanded to run all the way across the page – from left edge to right.
4) Create a new painting based on your updated value sketch.

The first thing we’ll do in class is review the thumbnails and paintings from steps 2 – 4, above.

Next, we’ll take a look a the two images you downloaded in step 1) of the pre-class work. These are two versions of the same scene. You’ll notice that the buildings on the left have been change in both placement and scale. Why? We’ll talk about that during class.

See you on Monday morning!


Suggested Materials: I recommend a basic set of watercolor materials for this class. Download from my website using the link below.

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