Category Archives: Tone

The importance of tone when watercolor painting. Applies to all forms of visual art.

Under-painting in watercolor, its importance

Finished watercolor painting with under-painting left as highlights

When painting with watercolors, in my style, the under-painting (initial wash), is very important as it holds a painting together. The under-painting must be tonally correct or the painting will never look quite right. When I am painting a landscape, at the under-painting stage, the scene should already look like a landscape. The sky and Continue Reading …»

How to Paint Watercolor Paintings

Watercolor Painting Progression Chart

A watercolor painting usually progresses in the following manner: Large shapes to small shapes Wet on wet to wet on dry (could also be read as from soft edges to hard edges) Light tones (more water in a mix) to dark tones (less water in a mix) Cool colors (distance) to warm colours (closer to Continue Reading …»

Painting skies

[singlepic id=60 w=320 h=240 float=center] Tone of the Sky The sky is usually the lightest part of your painting – better too light than too dark. If you paint your sky to strong a tone then you will have to paint other parts of your painting even stronger which will reduce the transparency of your painting i.e. Continue Reading …»