After several weeks on the road teaching workshops I am back in the studio at home.
I apologize for the delay in the newsletter and updates to my web site, but I have rebuilt
my web site for the second time in two years. My goal is to make it as easy as possible
for artist around the world to maneuver through the web site with the greatest of ease
and with the new system artist will be able to make purchases easier and we will
also be able to make changes and updates faster.
In this newsletter I want to pass on a couple tips. One is you can now purchase Arches watercolor paper on board. This is the same surfaces you like in the sheets.
Check with you art stores for this new product.
In working with tonal values light, mid and dark you may notice that mid tones
happen automatically even without a conscience effort. It is the light and darks
that you must pay close attention too. First it is important to note that each
separate area of the painting would have a value change, trees, grass, building,
mountains and streams etc. The center of interest would get the strongest lights
and darkest darks.
I have found that when something is missing in a painting, that special wow factor
it is because the painting is mostly mid tones. It is those intense darks that make
the difference. It is important to note as a watercolorist that in a technical sense
you are not a painter of light because you did not create the white. It was already
there in the paper so you must be a painter of darks. Remember a traffic light is
as bright at noon as it is a midnight. The difference in appearance is the dark
around the traffic light a midnight. To mix strong darks I start with Rembrandt Extra-Fine Artists' WatercolorsPrussian Blue
or Indigo using it straight and then to get a variety of color add a touch of Hooker
Green Deep for a dark rich blue green and/or add a deep rose color such as
Permanent Magenta for warm reddish blue or add a touch of Brunt Sienna for
a deep brownish blue. Practice mixing these colors then apply them to your
painting process and see how you can take that painting to a new level.