Due: One week
Medium: Watercolor on watercolor paper
- Learn to control the watercolor medium to mix a wide range of specific colors.
- Develop skill with watercolor to paint both larger areas and small details.
- Create depth using atmospheric perspective through color shifts -- More vibrant, and usually warmer, as the objects are closer to you; less saturated, less intense, and cooler as they move away.
- Learn to paint gradations/transitions of color
- Experiment with the medium
1. Use a viewfinder to establish placement and accurate proportions.
2. Draw thumbnail sketches with tonal value to establish placement of lights and darks in the composition.
3. With a light pencil line (HB or 2B pencil), draw your composition on watercolor paper. Be careful. Be accurate. Add some details in light pencil.
4. Paint with watercolor, capturing accurate hues and values of the actual observed scene. Be conscious of color shifts due to ATMOSPHERIC PERSPECTIVE. Try to maintain the delicacy of the medium. Start with more transparent color.
5. Modifications and details can later be added with slightly more opaque colors.
6. Once you've completed the watercolor painting, experiment with gouache, another water-based medium.
7. Use gouache to add pattern, texture, and stylistic effects to your watercolor painting. Anything goes, but work thoughtfully to make a strong finished piece.