Thursday October 26 2023 – 1pm-3pm EST
Zoom link (Passcode 189664)
This week we’re going to let things flow a little. We’re going to build on the first two sessions but with a different type of subject – still life. The past two weeks we’ve been focusing on value and color but without much attention to how the paint moves on the paper. We haven’t been softening edges or adding in any color variation to our shapes. And these two things really play to watercolor’s strengths.
So this week we’re still going to do our color swatches and pay attention to the values but when we come to putting the paint on the paper we’re going to let the paint do its own thing more. We’ll be letting things bleed, changing up the color a little, softening edges.
As before I will record the drawing ahead of time and send out a link to it (it will also be on the youtube playlist too). The drawing (especially the jug) needs to be convincing so I will take a bit of time over this.
(All session materials are linked off the main page)
- Student paper for mixing color swatches
- 100% cotton paper for the full painting (I’ll be using 10″x10″)
- Value scale (See the Useful Tools page)
- Pencil/Paint/Palette/Water/Paper towels/masking tape
- Brushes: A larger brush for the background/foreground and the larger areas. A slightly smaller (10 or 12) for the trees and more detailed areas.
- Colors: Cobalt blue, Ultramarine, Burnt sienna, Vermillion/napthol/cad red (orangey red), Permanent rose (or a pinkish red like alizarin or quin red) Cad lemon/hansa yellow (greenish yellow), yellow ochre, black. Also if you have cerulean or cad orange-yellow we may use them for color accents.
Reference Photo (click to enlarge and right click to download)
Reference Photo with grid
As you can see my version deviates from the reference somewhat. I’ve put more blue into the background and cloth and the fruits are highly simplified. I’ve let the paint blossom a little here and there but still tried to retain the form and light.