Friday, February 27, 2009

Watercolor Demo at Art Focus Group

Watercolor Demo SeashellsI promised at the demo that I would post a bit of notes on my blog so people didn't have to wright everything down & try to watch at the same time. So, hopefully this will help!

The colors I used for this painting are Indian Red, Yellow Ochre & Cerulean Blue to create a purplish mix and a separate yellowish mix. These three colors combine together to create what is called a Desert Triad and has a ton of possibility's depending on the amount of pigments used and the amount of water used.
I just discovered this mix and I think it will take me a long time to use all the possibilities from these colors! These colors are also used separately in the painting along with Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, French Ultramarine & Sepia. I created a dark brown mix using Burnt Umber, Sepia and French Ultramarine and also used a mix of French Ultramarine and Burnt Umber to give a nice rich cool black. I then built up the layers with these colors slowing varying the ratios to give more variety & texture.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Billie Crain said...

this turned out very well, Tracey! the subject lended itself well to your palette.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Costescu said...

thanks Billie it was alot of fun to do. I don't usually use alot of the earth colors that I used here but I am going to start, they are sooo beautiful, I am totally hooked on burnt sienna...hmm I feel a brown phase coming on ;)

10:28 AM  

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