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Watercolor Techniques Using Color & Light For Ultra-Dramatic Paintings

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Part Three, Step Seven

Overview:

  1. Use your sketchbook to analyze the photo, to identify and develop your design, composition and values, and to establish your overall painting plan.
  2. Begin by defining and laying in the lightest areas and objects.
  3. Major geometrical shapes and significant color areas often benefit from early placement of key color notes on clean paper.
  4. Remaining natural objects can be added as grouped shapes.
  5. Add and build mid-tone values, followed by adding dark values last to create clean shapes and edges.
  6. Introduce limited details and any texture needed to convey painterly intent.
  7. Tie colors and values together with coordinating washes where needed.

For your painting, you may use the “Spring is Just Around the Corner” picture or one of your choosing that shows the principles of this tutorial. You may paint the photo as is, or recompose it to meet your own painterly goals.

And finally, don’t forget to have fun!

Source credit: Virgil R. Carter