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Watercolor classes versus painting at home

Reflections of Victoria Bridge Penrith by watercolour painting Joe Cartwright

Some students only attend watercolor classes or workshops. They rarely produce artwork at home or in their studio. I am always encouraging my students to try and paint as much as possible at home. In addition to attending my watercolor classes. I did this because I noticed that those that did so progressed much faster Continue Reading …

Watercolor newsletter June 2012

Light over old shearing shed reference photo

Watercolor Newsletter #1 – June 2012 Welcome to my first Painting With Watercolors (watercolours) newsletter. It is intended as a summary of what has gone on with regards to my Painting With Watercolor site in between newsletter releases. Primarily this will include new demonstrations and articles. I hope to include some other interesting and useful Continue Reading …

Earth watercolors and color mixing

French Ultramarine mixed with Burnt Sienna gives a strong dark color

Using Earth Watercolors The earth watercolors are already a mix of the three primary colors, however each leans a little towards one primary or secondary color. For instance, Burnt Sienna has a strong orange leaning, Raw Umber has a slight greenish tinge, Raw Sienna is a yellowish brown with a slight greenish tinge, while Yellow Continue Reading …

The watercolor color mixing formula

Cerulean Blue mixed with Aureolin results in a bright green color

Color mixing We can create a very simple formula from what was covered in the previous segment on color mixing, that will tell us whether we will end up with a dull (tertiary – three primary colors) or more pure color (secondary – two primary colors) from the mixture of two pigments. If we mix Continue Reading …

Color mixing formula, how to mix bright versus dull watercolor colors

Mixing a Blue, Red and Yellow will give you a dull grey to black color depending on proportions of each color mixed

Color mixing formula All too often students find themselves wondering where a particular color has come from. They set out to create a bright green with a blue and yellow watercolors but they do not quite get the color mixture they were after. Instead of a bright green they end up with one which is Continue Reading …

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