Watercolor Techniques Using Color & Light For Ultra-Dramatic Paintings
Introduction to color & light watercolor techniques
Why do color and natural light matter?
- Color is one of the painter’s strongest tools for personal interpretations of a subject and for conveying emotions or personal feelings about it;
- Light illuminates what we see and influences our perceived colors, values, emotions, and even our sense of wellness and comfort;
- Together, color and light model a subject matter’s volume and solidity, while strongly affecting the mood and content of a painting.
The tutorial will be divided into three parts concluding with a demonstration painting. Thereafter, you will have the opportunity to apply the principles in your own future paintings.
Part 1—Introduction and application of some key principles of color and natural light in painting.
Part 2—Introduction and application of some key components of illumination: 1) illuminated surfaces, 2) surfaces in shade and shadow, and 3) reflections, “light traps” and “halos”.
Part 3—Painting with Color and Light: A demonstration painting employing these principles and components of using color and light in a painting.