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December 23, 2008
WATERCOLOR PAINTING JUST GOT EASIER FOR YOU
NO MORE TIME WASTING WITH TRIAL AND ERROR
SUPRISE YOUR CLOSE ONE'S WHEN THEY SEE YOUR PAINTINGS
IF YOU THINK YOU CAN PAINT OR IF YOU THINK YOU CANNOT PAINT YOU ARE RIGHT.
YOU CAN LEARN TO PAINT BEAUTIFUL WATERCOLORS.
This weeks lesson might well be talking down to some of you. If you feel that way skip this one, after all it's Holiday Time. But don't miss the last paragraph. at the ending section.
All subjects have light values.
Surfaces have different amounts of light falling on them, depending on whether facing or facing away from light source.
Increase or decrease of light on colors creates changes.
Increase the light the color appears lighters eventually becoming white a reflection of the light.
Likewise decrease the light, get darker
Using a range of Light Values you can create form (volume). Let's try a pepper.
Wait a minute changed my mind, don't skip if you have a hard time painting the value scale. Shown here. Not as easy as it looks.
This is where the student attempts to paint a shape and form in one wash. Instead of glazing different values over the Bell Pepper to form a three dimension look. You will need a Bell Pepper or a photo or copy mine.
Start with glazing value #1 over the complete pepper. The areas of reflected light value are left unpainted.
Mix value 3, look very closely to see to locate value 1 and paint the rest of the pepper in value 3.
You do not have to rinse and clean the brush after each wash value. because you are going to go darker as you go along.
Mix value 5, look for value 3 and paint the rest in 5. Notice it is starting to look three dimensional as I add values.
Value 5 is on the brush - don't rinse, I mix value 7. Now look for the shadow shapes to paint.
Value 7 is on the brush. Mix value 9. Now you will have to look very closely at the shadow shapes to locate area 9.
Frankly at this point you should have a good "guess-to-mate" where they go.
You should have a fairly "weighty" looking Green Pepper. Now look back at step "0"
You will not need as many steps and value range if you paint a smooth object. Got that remark.? No place for shadows , but the values will change us it turns from the light
You are about to get hooked at a very interesting and unusual web site (not a painting site) but if you go there, it is fun, and time waster indeed. But go for it it's Holiday Time. www.sonnyradio.com
"Emme" - as you are into Parrots, on the above site, look at "The Cat & The Crow, and the next one will give you "Goose Bumps" "The Dreamer", then go for "Granny & The Air Bag"
Happy Holidays, see you next week.
Some of us, and you have got to do a lot of "fun work" next year.
God Bless - Jim
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