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June 1, 2020

Watercolor Studio – Monday, June 1, 2020

This week we’ll focus on creating distance using the principles of aerial perspective. They tell us that the color of objects that are farther away are : lighter (value), cooler (temperature) and duller (chroma). The opposite is true for objects that are closer to us – darker, warmer, brighter.

We’ll work with a limited palette of colors on a simple landscape or seascape scene

Pre-Class Assignment
1- pick a landscape or seascape scene to work with. It can be something from an earlier class or completely new.

2 – make two smaller, “study-size” pencil layouts of your scene on watercolor paper. They needn’t be large – my sample, above, is about 6×9

3 – select a limited palette of colors – two warms (red-orange-yellow) and two cools (violet-blue-green). Any will do – doesn’t have to be a triad or any particular color scheme.

4 – Explore your color with a test grid. Download this example – https://tonyconner.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/img861.jpg
Start the grid by placing a swatch of each color in a row. This color swatch should be done with the color near full strength – meaning it is color almost direct from the well with very little water mixed in.
This first row is the highest chroma version of each color; it will have the highest saturation, be the brightest or darkest possible version of the color.
Create three more versions of each color, placing them in a column below the first swatch. Dilute the original color with increasing amounts of water to get progressively lighter versions of each. See download, above, for an example.

5 – paint one of your scenes being careful to use the lightest, coolest, dullest color in the background and the darkest, warmest and brightest in the foreground. The mid-ground should consist of those colors in between. Download these images for guidance on what colors to use where:

On Monday:
We’ll take a look at everyone’s homework. We’ll also think about our focal point and points of interest. We’ll create more contrast in these areas as needed.
If we have time, we’ll paint the second version of the scene in a way that challenges the principles of aerial perspective.

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

Click here to download a comprehensive list of basic watercolor materials and supplies



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