We just finished our fall/winter session of Watercolor Landscapes class.
We worked on five different challenges. We always begin with designing a landscape with a strong and identifiable center of interest. We discuss gridding a reference photo for perspective and cropping it for the best composition .
In the second week we discussed value contrast and everyone was asked to paint two or three small value studies in one color and then translate one of those studies into a color painting. We also talked about our palette and how some of our colors fit in value ranges of light, medium and dark. I showed them how they could make color squares on paper to determine which ones were the darkest and which were lightest. We reached a consensus that most of our brightest colors fell in the mid value range. Our darks seemed to be the staining and more transparent colors of all. Of course there were exceptions but not that many.
We discussed how we could divide space and enhance depth and create drama just by changing the values within that space.
We painted buildings and man-made objects. Notice how the small cars in the fist painting and the people on the deck in the second one ad some life to a painting.
The last week I asked everyone to attempt a painting they would not normally attempt or one that looked too hard.
If you would like to see all of their work you can scroll to the top of the page and click on Student Art: Watercolor Landscape 2016 in the list of pages or just click here.
Thank you to all the artists who shared their art on this blog!