Color Matching Exercise – Strips

Color matching exercise – yellow strip

Today was spent painting strips of paper. Although they look simple there was a lot of painstaking color and value matching before painting. This was the third and most successful one. The painting looks slightly different due to me taking the photo from a different angle than my actual view when painting. The shadow is ridiculously hard and there’s no room for mistakes or do overs.

Here are the first two :

I originally had the board with the gray side up and matching that color turned out to be the hardest bit of all. to make life easier I flipped it over for the yellow strip.

Eilean Donan Castle.


Eilean Donan Castle. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11”x14”

Always a favorite. There isn’t a view of this that isn’t worth painting. I especially loved the warm ochres of the castle contrasting with the blues of the sky and water.

Some intermediates:

I’ve also included a shot of my preliminary color swatches. I match the important areas to the Munsell system and practice hitting the right hue, value, and chroma. I can always tell if the color palette will result in a harmonious picture from the result. Definitely looked good for this one.