By Sharon Finmark
Colour is prime to portray and the facility to combine and reproduce particular colorations is an paintings in itself. color idea may be boring and complex, yet during this publication, skilled artist and instructor, Sharon Finmark, demonstrates color blending in a realistic and easy-to-follow manner. as well as being an intensive visible sourcebook to just about six hundred color mixes, there are work featured all through with the entire various colors and mixes in every one portray analysed and annotated. during this approach, watercolour painters study by means of program tips to get the simplest out in their paints.
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EARLY EVENING, SUMMERTIME To create a sense of distance in a landscape it can be helpful to use very diluted cool washes in the background, moving to stronger, intense colours in the foreground. Here, warm orange in the foreground and blues and blue-greens in the background add to the three-dimensional feel. A landscape in strong sunlight, such as this, with contrasts of highlight and shadow is made more powerful by the use of saturated colour. MEDITERRANEAN BEACH The beach as a subject always provides plenty of opportunities to use high-key colour.
The mid-value colours can be darkened within the same colour family – for example, a shadowed area on a tomato could be painted in Alizarin Crimson over the main colour of Cadmium Red, once it has dried. STILL LIFE: FAN, BOTTLE AND FRUIT PALETTE USED Lemon Yellow Cadmium Yellow Cadmium Orange Cadmium Red Alizarin Crimson Violet Ultramarine Prussian Blue Hooker’s Green Vandyke Brown Dilutions Diluting pigments with water has the effect of lightening the colour and producing the delicate washes for which watercolour is renowned.
The wet-into-wet principles can be used for a variety of effects, from suggesting undergrowth at the front of a painting to distant swathes of grass. Even the trunks are painted with dry paint on to wet colour. AUTUMN PATH PALETTE USED Lemon Yellow Cadmium Yellow Cadmium Red Prussian Blue Hooker’s Green Burnt Sienna Vandyke Brown CADMIUM YELLOW CADMIUM ORANGE CADMIUM RED ALIZARIN CRIMSON VIOLET ULTRAMARINE Wet-into-wet in practice An expanse of sky and water, as at this harbour, is perfect for exploring the fluidity and spontaneity of wet-into-wet techniques.
600 Watercolour Mixes by Sharon Finmark